Google Unveils Latest Transparency Stats

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Tech giant Google on Wednesday rolled it outs latest transparency statistics related to information requests on the web.

Highlighted was what Google described as a “steady increase in government requests” for data pertaining to users.

The latest statistics cover the second half of last year. In the U.S. alone, 68% of data requests came at the hands of the government via subpoenas while 22% were administered with search warrants from EPCA, otherwise known as the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act.”

In 2009, privacy requests accounted for around 12 thousand. Since then, they have grown to well over 18 thousand.

“We’re always looking for ways to make the report even more informative. So for the first time we’re now including a breakdown of the kinds of legal process that government entities in the U.S. use when compelling communications and technology companies to hand over user data,” Google commented via its blog.

In November, the web services provider provide content removal stats – something not included in the latest report. At the time, countries including the U.S., France, Brazil and India led the category.