Google: Gov't requests for data up 120%

While the increase of internet users played a role in the increase, Google also said that government's were increasingly using their right to request data.

Google: Gov't requests for data up 120%

World Bulletin / News Desk

The number of requests from world governments to release confidential data on internet users has increased by 120% in the past four years, according to a statement by Google.

Stating that there were 53,356 requests for data worldwide in 2013, Google added that most of these requests came from the US and does not include the data that was taken by the NSA.

While the increase of internet users played a role in the increase, Google also said that government's were increasingly using their right to request data.

However, Google expressed that it had exercized its right to turn down requests, noting that 31% of requests from the UK were rejected in the latter half of 2013, while 17% of requests from the US were rejected in the same period.

Google's legal director Richard Salgado wrote "We consistently push back against overly broad requests for your personal information," adding "it's also important for laws to explicitly protect you from government overreach."

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