Google has published transparency reports since 2009, but since all the revelations regarding a certain government agency, it’s become all the more important. Google’s ninth report, released today, shows a significant jump in requests for user information.
Since the company’s first report, the volume of requests has increased by 120%. However, the percentage of requests where Google actually gave out information decreased to 64 percent in 2013 versus 76 percent three years earlier.
Google also notes that as the number of users increases, so does the number of governments exercising their authority to request information. In response, Mountain View’s transparency reports now include countries that make less than 30 requests during a period in addition to those that make 30-plus requests. Among the former, you’ll find countries such as Bulgaria, Lichtenstein and even the Vatican, all three of which made only one request for user data between July to December 2013.
If you fancy a little animated short (because why not?) Google responded to users’ questions about its response to search warrants with a live-action animation.
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