A new report from Google shows a rise in government requests for user account data. Not only customers data but also requests for content removal, including a request by one unnamed law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality.
The latest Google Transparency Report also shows historic traffic patterns on Google services via graphs indicating outages that indicate attempts by governments to block access to Google or the Internet. For example, all Google servers were inaccessible in Libya during the first six months of this year, as was YouTube in China.
Some countries had large amounts of user data requests. The leader of “top ten” United States with 5,950 such requests pertaining to more than 11,000 users or accounts, and to which Google complied 93 percent of the time. That’s up from about 4,600 requests in the second half of last year. Other countries seeking lots of user data – India with more than 1,700 requests involving more than 2,400 accounts. Next France, the UK and Germany…
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