Google: India’s requests for user details rise

India sought confidential web user details in as many as 2,319 cases from Google in the first six months of the year, in what is seen as a growing trend of government surveillance of internet activities by people and organisations.

Besides, the number of items sought to be removed from Google's various internet platforms such as YouTube videos, search results, images and web pages, more than doubled to 596 in the six-month period to June 2012, Google said.

The number of requests for web user details rose by five per cent from those made in the preceding six-month period (July-December 2011), and placed India at the second place after the USin terms of the government requests for user data from Google.

Google said in its half-yearly Transparency Report that it complied with 64 per cent of the total 2,319 requests made by the Indian authorities between January-June 2012.

Google was also asked by Indian authorities to remove as many as 596 items (including photos, web pages, videos etc) from its various platforms and websites like Youtube, Orkut and Google Images.

About India, the report said, "In response to a court order, we removed 360 search results. The search results linked to 360 web pages that contained adult videos that allegedly violated an individuals personal privacy."

The other major countries for such requests included Brazil, France, Germany and the UK.

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