Google Releases Updated Transparency Report

Google Releases Updated Transparency Report(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – It’s not a big surprise that  the government’s requests for data information has nearly tripled since 2010, when Google released its first transparency report.

The internet giant didn’t seem too happy about the rise in data request because earlier today, Google voiced their opinion on the matter by stating on their blog, “We believe it’s your right to know what kinds of requests and how many each government is making of us and other companies. However, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that U.S. law does not allow us to share information about some national security requests that we might receive. Specifically, the U.S. 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.”

Google also posted a series of graphs on their blog showing specific stats regarding various requests over the year. From January to June 2013, the government issued almost 11,000 requests. Of those requests, 68 percent were subpoenas, 22 percent warrants, and the rest various court orders and requests.

The statement goes on to say that “these numbers only include the requests we’re allowed to publish.” There’s no telling how much data the government is actually demanding to see.

Google’s honesty is very refreshing, seeing as they seem to be trying to protect user’s rights by sharing this information.

Other companies including Facebook, Apple, and Yahoo have followed in Google’s footsteps to share this information with their users.