Govts’ intense interest in web users’ data doubles in 3 years – Google report

google-privacy-jobsThe number of government requests for Google user data has increased significantly with the United States topping the list, followed by India, Germany and France, according to a transparency report issued by the American tech giant.

The eighth Google Transparency report revealed earlier this week shows figures have more than doubled in the past three years. Since the search giant began sharing the statistics in 2010, requests have rocketed from 12,539 in the last half of 2009 to 25,879 in the first six months of 2013.

“This comes as usage of our services continues to grow, but also as more governments have made requests than ever before. And these numbers only include the requests we’re allowed to publish,” the company said in a blog post.

The US continues to lead the list, with 10,918 requests concerning some 21,863 American users and accounts between January and June 2013. Google said it handed over data for 83 percent of those requests, which marked the highest rate in its query-comply rate.

India, the second on the list, is lagging behind the leader with 2,691 requests about 4,161 users and accounts, the biannual reports shows. However, the country’s population is actually three times as large as the US’s.

Germany comes third, with Google receiving 2,311 requests from the European state; it complied with 48 percent of them. France is rounding out in the top four snoopers, having asked the tech giant for users’ data 2,011 times and having its curiosity satisfied in 49 percent of cases.

Russia is ranked 21st and made 103 requests about 103 accounts and users. Google complied with none of those, according to the report.(Source: Reuters)

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