More than nine out of ten times Google complies:

In the last half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests for user data from government agencies in the United States and complied at least in part with 93% of them, according to data released in the report.

The fact that this happens isn’t surprising — there are probably law enforcement reasons and whatnot — but it’s the rise in the number of requests that is worth noting. Not that this administration has ever done anything to make me suspicious.

In addition to user data requests, the number of government requests for Google to remove content rose 718 percent in the last six months of 2011 (compared to the first six months of 2011).

Don’t worry — I’m sure the user data thing doesn’t have anything to do with this.

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6 Responses to “Government Agencies Request User Data from Google 1,000+ Times Per Month and Rising”

  1. Marshall_Will on June 19th, 2012 12:46 pm

    Of course, if you're a *conservative blogger* and a family member comes up missing ( Google will be only too happy to send you a copy of their Privacy Policy Statement )

    Then you hire a lawyer… and WAIT. What a joke. Other than the odd ocassion, I've no real need for these search engines any more.

  2. clu seatoe on June 19th, 2012 3:12 pm

    Ever wonder why or even notice that people get more cynical and suspicious the older they get? One reason is because throughout their lives they run into people like politicians or organizations like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo and yes even that page you signed for your doctor or the hospital visit.

    All have privacy policies which essentially say we keep your information private unless and until we deem it to be pertinent to our needs to reveal it. Then, yup, all bets are off, and if you don’t want to agree you can go somewhere else. So you sign under duress. But, they’ll say it’s not really duress because you ARE free to go somewhere else…and be duressed.

    But, back to the original question. The answer is because elders came into the world as trusting children and they’ve spent a lifetime being lied too, cheated and scammed and learned the hard way there’s nothing anyone can do about it, except go postal. If you want what I offer, you take it under my conditions, with my stipulations.

    And no whining!

  3. Marshall_Will on June 19th, 2012 5:21 pm

    Didn't we recently feature a DHS "scanbot" that scoured the internet based on watch words or groupings of words? You know, for "threats against the silent coup… I mean 'government'?"

    I still get steamed every time I think what MM went thru trying to get basic information on her cousin, anything! Websites she may have visited, FB pages, emails sent or rec'd. They all stonewalled her at every turn. Rest assured none of us would be treated any differently.

    Wait until Google finds out who the REAL boss is. Hint you clueless f@ckers: ( At some point they'll stop 'asking' )

  4. ChapBix on June 19th, 2012 9:15 pm

    Reasons to be suspicious? Whatever for?

    /sarc off

  5. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 1:10 am

    Bing now finds you anything that Google does, apparently without giving out your personal info to every gov.-Tom, Dick and Harry, PLUS, on important dates of national, patriotic significance or Christian in nature, they are right there !

    On the 4th of July, Memorial / Flag Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, go to Bing`s and Google`s homepages and notice the difference. Bing shows love and devotion to what matters to Patriotic and Christian Americans; Google avoids it like the plague.

    If you haven`t already, I did early last year, switch to Bing.

  6. naqash899 on November 5th, 2012 7:08 am

    I also noticed this. If you don’t specifiy the theme engine in your themes .info file, Drupal 7 won’t use your page.tpl.php but will use everything else. So I would also say this line is indeed required.
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