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User Data, Released to the US Government by Google

user dataGoogle says the US government inquires Google for user data more than twice as frequently as any other and is more probable to obtain its own means.

The US completed 4,601 requests, next by Brazil with 1,804 and India with 1,699 over the second half of previous year.  The figures relate to the entire Google services, counting YouTube videos, Gmail, Blogger blog posts and search results.

Google says in its transparency statement that it fulfilled with US demands in 94% of cases, compared with 90% of Japan, 88% of Singapore and 81% of Australia.

Matt Braithwaite of the company says, “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.”

“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.”

The elevated figure for Brazil does not need point out a mainly snooping government:  Social networking site of Google is mostly well-liked there, meaning that there is just a big amount of personal data hovering on.  There were as well a number of orders involving to political campaigns.

Google has not released numbers for write down demands from the Chinese government, as these were observed as state clandestine in the past.  The company currently feels it could provide the number-and it’s zero with the opening in June previous year of the latest Google landing page directing users to the Hong Kong location.  Apparently China feels it could do all the snooping it requires without assist of the Google.

Several countries, like India and Croatia, made important figures of information request for the first time.

Some US demands narrate to concerns over defamation, with one set of six court orders ensuing in the elimination of 1,110 items from Google Groups which defamed a man and his family.