Google reveals figures that show government surveillance is on the rise

In its bi-annual report, Google has revealed that there had been nearly 21,000 requests for access to Google’s data during the first six months of this year.

Its report, titled the ‘Transparency Report’, indicates that government surveillance of its citizen’s online lives is rising, sharply. The United States government made the most demands during these first six months by asking for details 7,969 times. Turkey however topped the list for being the country that requested the most amount of content to be removed. Government Surveillance

Google regularly receives requests from Government agencies and courts around the world, like most other technology and communication companies, to give access to content they hold.

Since 2009, It has been publishing its ‘Transparency Report’ twice a year and by looking over the various reports, you can see a rise in the amount of government demands for data. In the first report, back in 2009, Google received 12,539 requests whilst the latest figure stands are 20,939 for the first six months of the year.

“This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: government surveillance is on the rise,”

Google said in a blog post.

The report acts as a bellwether for government behaviour around the world, a Google spokeswoman told the BBC.

“It reflects laws on the ground. For example in Turkey there are specific laws about defaming public figures whereas in Germany we get requests to remove neo-Nazi content,”

And in Brazil we get a lot of requests to remove content during elections because there is a law banning parodies of candidates.We hope that the report will shed light on how governments interact with online services and how laws are reflected in online behaviour.

she said.

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