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Government Data Removal Request of Google Increasing

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Google just updated its Transparency Report, which provides insight in the content governments around the world ask Google to remove from its services.

For the most recent period, the first half of 2011, Google is providing much more raw data, including the number of affected users and accounts, as well as a breakdown of Google's products.

These requests are, in the majority of nations, on the rise and are apparently much more complex to deal with for Google. Google claims that the detail level of its Transparency Report shows that the laws that touch information on the Internet need to be updated. According to the new report, the number of content removal requests jumped by 27 percent in France, by 38 percent in Germany, by 36 percent in South Korea, by 28 percent in Spain, by 71 percent in the UK and by 70 percent in the U.S. For the first time, Google received content removal requests from Cook Islands, Poland and Sri Lanka.

In the U.S. Google complied in 63 percent of the cases. In a special case, Google said that it received a request to remove a YouTube video that showed police brutality, which Google did not comply with. In total there were requests to remove 757 items, 198 relating to Web Search, 2 to Images, 1 to Books, 379 to Groups, 113 to YouTube, 47 to Blogger, 5 to Picasa, 7 to Adwords and 2 to Gmail. The overwhelming majority of removal requests were because of defamation (607), followed by privacy concerns (80).

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    LuckyDucky7 , October 27, 2011 8:31 AM
    You know what? Government's shouldn't ever have the power to hide their abuses of the populace. Because then they think they can get away with it and keep doing it.

    It's a good thing there are some powerful people out there that understand that.
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    antilycus , October 27, 2011 6:52 AM
    In the great words of Google Inc. ... "We are not an evil company"

    In the greaters words of everyone else ... "Prove it."
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    Anonymous , October 27, 2011 7:08 AM
    You realize that they weren't forced to do this by anyone they just decided to do it on their own.
    T-up for them
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    LuckyDucky7 , October 27, 2011 8:31 AM
    You know what? Government's shouldn't ever have the power to hide their abuses of the populace. Because then they think they can get away with it and keep doing it.

    It's a good thing there are some powerful people out there that understand that.
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    chumly , October 27, 2011 9:00 AM
    Hello to the rest of the Earth's population, welcome to China.
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    CKKwan , October 27, 2011 9:58 AM
    Obama is building the Great Wall of America now.
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    del35 , October 27, 2011 10:04 AM
    This is so scary. I have been very concerned and suspicious of Google for a looooooooooong time. Giving one company so much power is a very dangerous precedent for our freedom. People complain about the narrow ownership of the media in the USA (which they should), but Google is a lot worse in terms of ownership. Google is just one company that can decide to sanitize the web with total impunity. I know numerous people that have had their Youtube videos deleted and censored because they didn't meet some spurious political criteria. This often happens with video critical of foreign nations America is beholden to. Humanity has got to wake up.

    The sooner people realize that Google is not their friend, but rather a company with its own agendas, the sooner people will be on the road to preserving their freedom.


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    shanky887614 , October 27, 2011 11:19 AM
    google isnt that bad though, if they wanted to block out content they would have done so allready


    i find the way that they block out content amusing, vpn service
    i know of one that has over 100 servers for one montly fee :) 
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    dcompart , October 27, 2011 12:36 PM
    Obama must be behind the defamation requests. The Trump's possible defamation of Obama was mentioned over the Birth certificate fiasco. Attack Watch must have a hand in this as well.
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    mythostd , October 27, 2011 3:24 PM
    People should remember that Google has a hundreds of terabytes of data and in the period in question there were request to remove 757 items. I don't think there is a huge problem with censorship if that is all that has removed. Also Google only complied with 63% of requests from the U.S. This shows they look at each request and decide if it is a valid request.

    Also in this article the requests from the U.S. are not broken down. How many are from the federal government versus state or local government. I bet the police video was from the city in questions police department not from the state or federal level.
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    f-14 , October 27, 2011 4:18 PM
    Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
    Thomas Jefferson
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    wardler , October 27, 2011 5:27 PM
    mythostdPeople should remember that Google has a hundreds of terabytes of data and in the period in question there were request to remove 757 items. I don't think there is a huge problem with censorship if that is all that has removed. Also Google only complied with 63% of requests from the U.S. This shows they look at each request and decide if it is a valid request.Also in this article the requests from the U.S. are not broken down. How many are from the federal government versus state or local government. I bet the police video was from the city in questions police department not from the state or federal level.


    Are you serious? This is Google being open about what governments are requesting to be blocked from the public. Idiot alarm going wild here.
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    wardler , October 27, 2011 5:28 PM
    Scew Tom's it always quotes me on the wrong post. ^
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    wardler , October 27, 2011 5:29 PM
    del35This is so scary. I have been very concerned and suspicious of Google for a looooooooooong time. Giving one company so much power is a very dangerous precedent for our freedom. People complain about the narrow ownership of the media in the USA (which they should), but Google is a lot worse in terms of ownership. Google is just one company that can decide to sanitize the web with total impunity. I know numerous people that have had their Youtube videos deleted and censored because they didn't meet some spurious political criteria. This often happens with video critical of foreign nations America is beholden to. Humanity has got to wake up. The sooner people realize that Google is not their friend, but rather a company with its own agendas, the sooner people will be on the road to preserving their freedom.
    This is what I was talking about. ^
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    xx_pemdas_xx , October 27, 2011 8:09 PM
    In my country (USA) i have to proxy myself to visit TPB because of government>????
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    cookoy , October 27, 2011 11:32 PM
    Apparently China asked that it be removed from the list and Google complied.
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    eddieroolz , October 29, 2011 3:55 AM
    Too bad Google isn't so transparent with its own practices.

    Oops, shouldn't have touched on Google's own dark secrets...
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