According to the latest transparency report from Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), National governments has risen their internet surveillance gradually over the last two years.
Google wants to know what we’re doing online
It says that Google and other websites are bound to hand over user data when requested by governments under certain circumstances. Most such requests are made for criminal investigations, and under a court order. As Google notes, however, “there are likely a small number of requests that fall outside of this category” and it “can’t be certain” that all government requests are related to suspected criminal activities.
It shows that the U.S. government sent 7,969 requests for user data between January and June. India came in second with 2,319 requests, followed by Brazil, France, Germany and the U.K
[blockquote cite=”Dorothy Chou, Google’s senior policy analyst”]
Government surveillance is on the rise
The time Google has decided more government requests to hand over user data, it has come under criticism for the increasingly aggressive ways in which it collects that data. As privacy concerns about the company grow, Google has made a more public show of being open about its interactions and policies.
“I feel that the transparency report and its detailing of government requests fit in with that Google mindset.”