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Google's data removal requests spike to over 2,000

Zach Miners | April 26, 2013
The number of government requests that Google has received to remove certain types of content, often politically charged, reached its highest level ever during the second half of 2012, the company reported Thursday.

In its biannual Transparency Report, Google also discloses real-time and historical traffic data outlining where and when disruptions have occurred to Google services. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, China, Morocco and Iran comprise six regions with ongoing disruptions tied to Google's YouTube, Blogger, Picasa photo album and Google Earth sites.

At 21,389, the number of government requests to obtain user data, meanwhile, were roughly flat compared to the 20,938 requests obtained during the first six months of 2012. In its previous report, Google noted that user data requests of all kinds have increased by more than 70 percent since 2009.

Still, the information Google shares in its Transparency Report, which documents a range of government requests, constitutes "just a sliver of what happens on the Internet," the company said.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

 

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