Feeds

US gov requests for Google user data grow 29%

93-percent compliance rate

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The US government has once again outdone its peers in requesting that Google turn over user data for use in criminal investigations, with almost 6,000 demands in the first half of 2011, a 29 per cent increase from the previous six months.

The 5,950 requests that US law enforcement agencies filed with YouTube and Google sought data on 11,057 users or accounts, the company said in its Transparency Report, which the company releases twice a year. Raw data is available here. That compared with 4,601 requests issued from July through December of 2010.

Google said it complied with 93 percent of the requests in the most recent period.

The country submitting the second-highest number of requests was India, with 1,739 requests covering 2,439 users or accounts. UK law enforcement agencies issued 1,273 requests covering 1,443 users or accounts.

Google said it received 92 requests to remove data from its services. The requests asked that 757 separate pieces of content be removed. Among them were requests from two separate agencies to remove a video purported to show police brutality and video footage said to be defaming law-enforcement officials. Google refused both requests. In all, Google said it fully or partially complied with 63 percent of such requests.

In an accompanying blog post, Google Senior Policy Analyst Dorothy Chou renewed calls to updated the 25-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows government investigators access many forms of electronic records without a warrant.

Google is the only major internet company that issues a Transparency Report. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.