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Government data requests to Google continue to rise

Zach Miners | Jan. 24, 2013
Requests of all kinds have increased by more than 70 percent since 2009, the company says.

Google has been disclosing government data request figures since 2010.

Though the report primarily covers criminal matters, Google said it cannot be sure that a request relates to a criminal investigation. For example, the report would also include, say, an emergency request from a government public safety agency seeking information to save the life of a person in peril even though there may not be a criminal investigation involved.

Google noted that it may refuse to produce information or try to narrow the request in some cases. "Whenever we receive a request we make sure it meets both the letter and spirit of the law before complying," the company said.

 

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