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Government Requests Tool by Google for ‘transparency around government requests of user data’

Google launched a new “Government Requests tool” to “provide people the information about the requests for user data or content removal we receive from government agencies around the world.” For this launch, we’re using data from July-Dec 09, and we plan to update data in 6-month increments. We already try to be as transparent as legally possible with respect to requests. Whenever we can, we notify users about requests that may affect them personally. If we remove content in search results, we display a message to users. As part of our commitment to Global Network Initiative, we’ve already agreed to principles & practices that govern privacy and free expression. In the spirit of these principles, we hope this tool will shine some light on the scale and scope of government requests for censorship and data around the globe. We also hope that this’s just the first step toward increased transparency about these actions across the technology and communications industries,” noted Google.

More info: Government Requests tool


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