Google Sees More Government Requests to Remove Content Than Ever Before

In the latest edition of its Transparency Report, released this morning, Google revealed that the final six months of 2012 saw an increase in government requests to remove content — often YouTube videos. All told, Google received 2,285 such requests (compared with 1,811 during the first half of 2012) that named a total of 24,179 pieces of content for removal (compared with 18,070 in the preceding period).Partly, the rise in content-removal requests stems from the simple fact that the amount of content online is rising steadily, and some percentage of that will always be defamatory. As the quantity of content rises, so will requests for removal. Additionally, many governments may be growing “savvier” — Google has streamlined the process for making these requests, and the increased ease with which they can be made may inviting governments to make requests, even those that aren’t all that justified, and let Google do the figuring out.
www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/google-sees-more-government-requests-to-remove-content-than-ever-before/275303/Also see:Google’s Data Removal Requests Spike to Over 2,000
The number of government requests that Google has received to remove certain types of content, often politically charged, reached its highest level ever during the second half of 2012, the company reported Thursday.For the period between July and December 2012, the company received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content, a 26 percent increase from the 1,811 requests to remove 18,070 pieces of content that Google received during the first half of 2012, the company said in its latest Transparency Report.
http://www.techhive.com/article/2036406/googles-data-removal-requests-spike-to-over-2000.html
http://www.cio.com/article/732392/Google_39_s_Data_Removal_Requests_Spike_to_Over_2_000

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