The U.S. Government Is Increasingly Hungry for Google's User Data
Google published its latest Transparency Report last week, revealing another increase in user data requests from governments around the world.
U.S. authorities were particularly hungry for Google’s user data, with 39 percent of global requests coming from entities of the U.S. government.
The number of user data requests filed by U.S. authorities has steeply increased over the past three years: In the second half of 2012, Google received 8,438 requests from U.S. entities, more than twice as many as three years ago, when Google started sharing this information with the public.
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- Google user data requests by U.S. federal authorities 2010-2014Google user data requests by U.S. federal authorities 2010-2014
- Facebook: user data requests from federal agencies and governments H1 2015Facebook: user data requests from federal agencies and governments H1 2015
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