Google: Data Requests From Governments On The Rise

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An overwhelming majority of Americans feel a complete lack of control over the privacy of their personal information, with 91 percent of U.S. adults agreeing that consumers “have lost control” over how companies and the government collect and use their personal data.   (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

An overwhelming majority of Americans feel a complete lack of control over the privacy of their personal information, with 91 percent of U.S. adults agreeing that consumers “have lost control” over how companies and the government collect and use their personal data. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Google says it’s receiving an increasing number of requests from world governments to remove content from its services, reports CNet.com.

The search engine giant says most of the requests are related to criticisms of the governments or politicians.

“Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes. These officials often cite defamation, privacy and even copyright laws in attempts to remove political speech from our services.”

The company says it only complied with a third of those requests.

Google says it was asked 3,846 times to remove a total of 24,737 pieces of content during the first half of 2013.

That’s a 68 percent increase over the 2,285 government removal requests the company received in the second half of 2012.

Turkey and Russia made significantly more requests for content to be removed during the first half of 2013, Google said.

The revelation comes through the company’s Transparency Report.

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