Government Requests to Remove Online Material Increase at Google

Governments, led by the United States, are increasingly demanding that Google remove information from the Web.The company received 3,846 such requests to remove 24,737 items in the first half of 2013, an increase of 68 percent over the second half of 2012, according to an update to Google’s transparency report released on Thursday. Google complied with more than a third of all requests.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/government-requests-to-remove-online-content-increase-at-google/Also see:Government takedown requests to Google hits new record, company says
Running some of the world’s most popular online services means Google is constantly being dragged into legal disputes. Law enforcement agencies around the world want Google to give them private user data that could be evidence of a crime. Copyright holders want Google to take down infringing material. Government officials want Google to take down material that is defamatory, pornographic or just plain embarrassing.In the latest edition of Google’s transparency report, released Thursday, Google reveals that such requests continued to grow rapidly in the first six months of 2013.
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/19/government-take-down-requests-to-google-hits-a-new-record-company-says/Google reports ‘worrying’ 68% increase in requests from governments to remove content from services
Google has reported a 68 per cent increase in the number of government requests to remove content from Google services.The figures account for the first six months of 2013 and are contrasted against the last six months of 2012. In total for the first half of this year, Google received 3,846 requests from governments around the global to remove 24,737 pieces of content.
www.thedrum.com/news/2013/12/19/google-reports-worrying-68-increase-requests-governments-remove-content-servicesVerizon to Release First Transparency Report
Following in the footsteps of companies like Google and Facebook, Verizon Communications is going to reveal more about what customer information it shares with the government.In a statement released on Thursday, the company announced plans to publish its first transparency report, which will provide data on the number of law enforcement requests for customer information it received this year.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/verizon-to-release-first-transparency-report/Google: Government takedown requests on the rise
The number of requests Google receives from governments around the world to remove content from its services continue to rise at a rapid pace.Google received 3,846 government requests to remove 24,737 pieces of content during the first half of 2013, a 68 percent increase over the 2,285 government removal requests the company received in the second half of 2012. Google released the updated numbers Thursday, which cover requests made from January to June 2013, as part of its Transparency Report.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57616109-93/google-government-takedown-requests-on-the-rise/Google reveals sharp rise in requests for removal of political content
Google revealed a sharp rise in requests from governments asking for political content to be removed from the web in its latest transparency report published on Thursday.From January to June the search giant received 3,846 government requests to remove content from its services – a 68% increase over the second half of 2012.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/19/google-transparency-report-political-content

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