Google Removed 17,746 Content Around the World in First-half of 2012; Flash Player in Chrome for Mac Now More Secured

In an update to its Transparency Report, with the data about government requests from "January to June 2012," Google revealed that the Government demands for user data have increased steadily since they first launched the Transparency Report."In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were […]

In an update to its Transparency Report, with the data about government requests from "January to June 2012," Google revealed that the Government demands for user data have increased steadily since they first launched the Transparency Report.

"In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts. In the first half of 2012, there were 1,791 requests from government officials around the world to remove 17,746 pieces of content," informs Google.

You can see the country-by-country trends for requests to hand over user data and to remove content from the Transparency Report itself.Google Transparency Report: Received 20,938 inquiries from government around the world in first half of 2012

Google Transparency Report Jan-June 2012: Summary of Content Removal Requests from Government around the world

Google Transparency Report Jan-June 2012: User Data Requests from Governments around the world

Adobe Flash Player is a very widely used browser plug-in used to watch videos online etc. and at the same time, it's also commonly used as a vector for malware, which tries to monitor your activities, steal information, or otherwise wreak havoc on your computer.

Now, as of last week's Stable release, "Chrome's built-in Flash Player on Mac uses a new plug-in architecture which runs Flash inside a sandbox that's as strong as Chrome's native sandbox, and much more robust than anything else available."

With this release, "Flash Player is now fully sandboxed in Chrome on all of our desktop platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS."