Google announced the update to its Government Requests tool with the new numbers for requests that the search company has received from January to June 2011.
“For the first time, we’re not only disclosing the number of requests for user data, but we’re showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests too. We also recently released the raw data behind the requests,” said Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst.
The U.S. government sent Google 5,950 content removal requests in the first half of 2011, more than triple the number of requests that 2nd-place India sent in during the same period.
Newly added in this latest release is data about the number of Google users or accounts that are specified in the government requests.
For example, those 5,950 U.S. government requests specified a little more than 11,000 U.S. Google users/accounts — about 5x more than the numbers of accounts specified by India’s requests.