What Does Google Do If the Government Comes Looking for Your Emails?

Every single day, dozens of requests from law-enforcement officials, courts, and other government agencies pour into Google’s offices, requesting that Google hand over different pieces of information its users have amassed — whom they’ve been communicating with, where they’ve been communicating from, what they’ve said.Google recognizes that many of these requests are legitimate, but it certainly doesn’t want to be in the business of rubber-stamping them either. In a post on its official company blog, David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, spelled out the competing concerns the company is attempting balance: “It’s important for law enforcement agencies to pursue illegal activity and keep the public safe. We’re a law-abiding company, and we don’t want our services to be used in harmful ways. But it’s just as important that laws protect you against overly broad requests for your personal information.”
www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/what-does-google-do-if-the-government-comes-looking-for-your-emails/272591/Also see:Google: Here’s how we handle government requests about you
Privacy is a constant concern for Internet users, and Google today detailed how it approaches government requests for user data.That includes a new section the company today added to its Transparency Report that answers questions users may have, such as “In what situations wouldn’t you tell me about a request for my information?” (The answer is: Google can’t notify you if your account is closed or if the company is legally prohibited from doing so. “We sometimes fight to give users notice of a data request by seeking to lift gag orders or unseal search warrants.”)

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