India second on list of governments requesting Google data
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The latest Google Transparency Report shows India is only second to the United States in requesting user data. While the Indian government had a total of 2,691 requests of which 64 per cent where fulfilled, the US had 10,918 requests of which 83 per cent where fulfilled.
In an official blog post, Richard Salgado, Google's Legal Director, Law Enforcement and Information Security wrote: "Since we began sharing these figures with you in 2010, requests from governments for user information have increased by more than 100 percent. This comes as usage of our services continues to grow, but also as more governments have made requests than ever before."
The post clarified as these numbers only include the requests we're allowed to publish. An image posted with the blog shows a graphic on the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests that has been blacked out as the "government contends that we cannot share this information".
"The US Department of Justice contends that US law does not allow us to share information about some national security requests that we might receive. Specifically, the US government argues that we cannot share information about the requests we receive (if any) under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But you deserve to know," Salgado posted.
In the case of India, user data requests have grown from 1,061 for July to December 2009 to 2,691 for January to June 2013. The requests pertained to 4,161 users from the country. This figure has gone up from 2,439 in January–June 2011, when Google first started providing this information.