Governments Want More Info About Web Users, Google Says

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Governments globally are increasingly asking the tech giant Google to hand over data pertaining to users, the company noted via its blog Tuesday.

“This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,” said Google.

In a period ranging from January to June of 2012, stats showed over 20 thousand user data requests. That’s compared to just 12,439 made between July and December of 2009.

Countries leading the way in surveillance requests included the United States, India, Brazil, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Content removal requests by governments, meanwhile, have also spiked after remaining relatively flat between July 2009 and December 2011. 1,791 of those were accounted for in the latest period. Google updates its transparency reports regularly.