Google Now Shared 'Transparency Report' Disclosing the Information that Governments Asked

Matt Braithwaite, Transparency Engineering, Google today posted a Transparency Report, disclosing the information that governments have asked for over the past six months, informs Braithwaite."For our latest batch of data, covering July through Dec'10, we've highlighted some significant changes in the data and provided context about why those changes may've occurred during this reporting period. […]

Matt Braithwaite, Transparency Engineering, Google today posted a Transparency Report, disclosing the information that governments have asked for over the past six months, informs Braithwaite.

"For our latest batch of data, covering July through Dec'10, we've highlighted some significant changes in the data and provided context about why those changes may've occurred during this reporting period. We've also made it easier for you to spot trends in the data yourself. For example, we've changed the format so you can now see data on a country-by-country basis. We're also clearly disclosing the reasons why we've been asked to remove content--such as an allegation of defamation or hate speech," stated Braithwaite.

"For the first time, we're also revealing the percentage of user data requests we've complied with in whole or in part. This gives you a better idea of how we've dealt with the requests we receive from government agencies--like local and federal police--for data about users of our services and products."

"Our goal is to provide our users access to information and to protect the privacy of our users. Whenever we receive a request, we first check to make sure it meets both the letter and spirit of the law before complying. When possible, we notify affected users about requests for user data that may affect them. And, if we believe a request is overly broad, we'll seek to narrow it," added Braithwaite.

Reference: Transparency Report

[Source: Google blog]