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Google gives user data to US government

2011.06.28 09:30 by Daniela
Tags: Google, privacy

 

Governments in 26 developed countries demanded private information on Google users more than 14,000 times in the second half of last year, according to the search giant. The figures show that the US made 4,601 requests, followed by Brazil with 1,804 and India with 1,699. The requests concern all Google services, including YouTube videos, Gmail, Blogger blog posts and search results.

Google admits that in 94 percent of cases it complied with US requests.

"Our goal is to provide our users access to information and to protect the privacy of our users. Whenever we receive a request, we first check to make sure it meets both the letter and spirit of the law before complying," says Matt Braithwaite of Google's Transparency Engineering. "When possible, we notify affected users about requests for user data that may affect them. And, if we believe a request is overly broad, we will seek to narrow it."

Not surprisingly, the Chinese government didn't make any requests to Google last year.

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