Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Greater transparency around government requests

"So it's no surprise that Google, like other technology and telecommunications companies, regularly receives demands from government agencies to remove content from our services. Of course many of these requests are entirely legitimate, such as requests for the removal of child pornography. We also regularly receive requests from law enforcement agencies to hand over private user data. Again, the vast majority of these requests are valid and the information needed is for legitimate criminal investigations. However, data about these activities historically has not been broadly available. We believe that greater transparency will lead to less censorship."

in reference to:

"a new Government Requests tool"
- http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/greater-transparency-around-government.html (view on Google Sidewiki)

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