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.