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Google: Government Internet Spying On The Rise

November 15, 2012 by  

Google: Government Internet Spying On The Rise
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A new Transparency Report out from Google shows that world governments increasingly ask the search engine to remove content from the Web and to provide information about users.

This is Google’s sixth transparency report, and the Internet giant says one thing is remarkably clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. The graph below illustrates how government demands for user data have increased steadily since the company first launched the Transparency Report. In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world for information about 34,614 accounts.

Gov't requests for user data

Worldwide government requests for the company to remove data from the Internet also rose in 2012. During the first half of the year, there were 1,791 requests from government officials around the world to remove 17,746 pieces of content.

Gov't requests Google services to remove content

A bulk of the requests came from government entities in the United States.

Google reported:

We received five requests and one court order to remove seven YouTube videos for criticizing local and state government agencies, law enforcement or public officials. We did not remove content in response to these requests.

We received a court order to remove 1,754 posts from Google Groups relating to a case of continuous defamation against a man and his family. We removed 1,664 of the posts, which fell within the scope of the order.

We received three court orders to remove 641 search results for linking to websites that allegedly defame organizations and individuals. We removed 233 of the search results requested, which fell within the scope of the orders.

In response to a court order, we removed 156 search results because the web pages in question used a trademark in violation of an earlier order.

The number of content removal requests we received increased by 46% compared to the previous reporting period.

Government entities in the United States also made 7,969 requests for user data related to information of 16,281 accounts. Google reports that it complied with 90 percent of these requests.

You can view Google’s full Transparency Report here.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Harold Olsen

    I guess Google should know. From what I’ve been hearing for several months, Google is right in there helping the Obama regime spy on us. And, they didn’t have to be asked. Last year I read that Facebook is turning over members’ personal information to them without being asked. Twitter said they would do the same thing but, at least, would wait until they are asked for it.

  • GALT

    What’s it like to actually talk to an “engine”? Do you have to be polite? Because that
    clearly would be a challenge for most government types.

  • jopa

    I sometimes wonder why people just post all this personal and embarrassing information on the web in the first place.If you have something you don’t want anyone to know about just shut your face up and keep your fingers off the keyboard.If you worry about Uncle Sam looking at your private affairs don’t be so stupid as to post them in the first place.I am on FB and they don’t have any information on me that would alter my life if the world knew about it.Time to just be smart in your activities on the net.Harold if you watch a lot of porn on the net they have all that info for sure as to how long and often you watch such material.So if that may be your source of embarrassment if published stay away from such matter.Consider anything you put on the web as not being private and it is there for the world to see if they were interested.

    • Dennis48e

      jopa you are clearly clueless about the matter. This goes far beyond posting something on FB or a discussion board. They potentialy want access to every site you have ever visited, how long you spent there, and what you read on that site without showing any reason for wanting that information or getting a warrant or court order authorizing them to access that information..

      • jopa

        Dennis;I know exactly what I am talking about as I stated above.I really believe they are using the info they get to track down home terrorists within our borders and the scumbag crooks on Wall Street.I could care less if they tracked my travel through cyberspace and if it helps to make America a better place with less corruption and terrorism let them have at it.Everything Uncle Sam does is not some evil scheme to get you as some would like you to believe.Most of the groups putting out negative information are mainly trying to get you to part with your dollar with scare tactics and it works great on the tremblers and weak kneed.So just hand over your dollars to spyware companies and groups such as the NRA and they laugh at you all the way to the bank.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “jopa,”

      IT IS VERY INTERESTING YOU ARE MAKING YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS’ ONLINE EXPOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ON A LIBERTARIAN SITE.

      IF I UNDERSTAND LIBERTARIANISM CORRECTLY, LIBERTARIANS ARE NOT “SHACKLED” WITH THE RELIGIOUS GUILT ENDURED BY REPUBLICANS.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    SINCE Amazon.com IS A POPULAR COMPANY, I WONDER WHAT ROLE IT PLAYS IN THIS SPYING.

    I VISIT VARIOUS WEBSITES. I CAN LOOK AT A PRODUCT ON Amazon, THEN, GO TO ANOTHER SITE AND SEE AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE EXACT PRODUCT I VIEWED ON Amazon.

    I SINCERLY BELIEVE MY ONLINE ACTIVITIES ARE BEING MONITORED BECAUSE I HAVE STATED I DO NOT LIKE THE KENYAN BECAUSE OF HIS SKIN-COLOR.

    SO, IT IS OKAY TO LOOK AT ONLINE “HOMOEROTIC-PORN,” BUT, NOT OKAY TO MAKE ONLINE STATEMENTS OF HATRED FOR THE KENYAN.

    SILLY GOVERNMENT.

  • nickkin

    Can’t wait for the Big “G” to monitor toilet paper use. The big question that has been going on for years ” Does a sociaistl-marxie-commie-kenyan [expletive deleted] in the woods?”

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