Google Transparency Report launched abot two years ago, an interactive Google initiative disclosing data about government requests -- today, began showing data about the government requests to remove "blog posts" or "videos" or "hand over user information" made from July to December 2011.
Google also added today, a feature update which makes it easier to see in aggregate across countries how many removals the company performed in response to court orders, as opposed to other types of requests from government agencies.
"For the six months of data we're releasing today, we complied with an average of 65% of court orders, as opposed to 47% of more informal requests," Chou revealed.
"This is the fifth data set that we've released. And just like every other time before, we've been asked to take down political speech," posted Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst. Adding, "it's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect--Western democracies not typically associated with censorship," he said.
"For example, in the second half of last year, Spanish regulators asked us to remove 270 search results that linked to blogs and articles in newspapers referencing individuals and public figures, including mayors and public prosecutors. In Poland, we received a request from a public institution to remove links to a site that criticized it. We didn't comply with either of these requests," wrote Chou.
He also said, they've rounded up some additional interesting facts in the annotations section of the Transparency Report.
Also, Google is assembling a Big Tent in Dublin precisely to address these alarming issues. Estonia's President Toomas Ilves is among the participants. And, Burma's Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kuy will also be in the Irish capital to receive an Amnesty International award.