(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – According to Google’s latest Transparency Report, the number of requests by the government to remove information from their services has greatly spiked in the last year.
From January to June 2013, Google received 3,846 governmental removal requests, a 68 percent increase over the second half of 2012, reports The Telegraph.
“Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent: governments continue to ask us to remove political content,” stated Google’s legal director, Susan Infantino, in a company blog post.
“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.”
Recently, Google has teamed up with Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies in an effort to protect their user’s private information from spying government agencies.