Google yesterday released figures showing the demand by governments or police in regards to private information on Google. It is stated that there were more than 14,000 demands in 26 developed countries in the second half of last year.
Google received a record 4,601 requests from the US which increased their demand by 28% to disclose internet users’ private data in the six months to December. The California-based company said it either fully or partially complied with 94% of user data orders from the US, and with 72% of those from the UK.
According to Google, the UK made 1,162 user data requests, ranking it fourth in terms of requests , behind the US, Brazil and India. Google began releasing its half-yearly Transparency Report in April 2010 as a way to highlight state censorship of the internet.
William Echikson, Google’s head of free expression for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said there was “more and more” pressure from European governments to remove content. “We are seeing governments around the world crackdown on the internet, and there is more and more pressure from inside Europe – it’s not just on us but all internet companies.”
The UK’s Office of Fair Trading requested the removal of 93,360 fraudulent Google Adwords linked to scams over the period. The majority of content removal requests from the US arise from court orders over defamation.