Government Data Removal Request of Google Increasing

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
    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
    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
    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
    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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