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Google: Government Requests for Data Doubled Over 3 Years

by Todd Haselton | November 14, 2013November 14, 2013 12:30 pm PST

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Apple recently published its report outlining government requests for data, and now Google is following suit with its lat est figures. The company published the information on its official blog, highlighting that the number of government requests over the past three years has doubled. Today’s information is the eighth update to its user data requests transparency report.

Google said it received 10,918 total requests from the U.S. government for information, and provided some data on 83 percent of those requests. Globally, it received 25,879 requests between January and June of 2013. Of the U.S. request data, 68 percent were for subpoenas, 22 percent were for warrants, 6 percent were from court orders, 2 percent were for pen register orders, and 1 percent of the data requests was for emergency disclosure requests. Between July and December of 2009, however, Google had only received 12,539 global requests, 3,580 of which came from the U.S. government.

Like Apple, Google says it wants to share more information with the U.S. public, and is fighting to do so.

“We believe it’s your right to know what kinds of requests and how many each government is making of us and other companies,” Google’s legal director of law enforcement and information security, Richard Salgado, said. “However, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that U.S. law does not allow us to share information about some national security requests that we might receive. Specifically, the U.S. government argues that we cannot share information about the requests we receive (if any) under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But you deserve to know.”

Salgado said Google promises its working to make its reports “more robust” and that the company is fighting to prevent governments from forcing “overly broad government requests” for data.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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