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Google’s Semiannual Transparency Report
Google’s semiannual transparency report shows a steady increase in government intervention in online content, which implies an increase in monitoring of Americans’ Internet activities. Police, prosecutors, courts and other government agencies submitted 187 requests to remove content from July through December last year, more than doubling from 92 requests from January through June. The U.S. government filed 6,321 requests with Google for user data during the final six months of the year. That was far more than any other country, according to Google, and a 6 percent increase from the previous six months. Google complied with 93 percent of the U.S. requests for user data, encompassing more than 12,200 accounts.
Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, is glad Google makes the report public so third-party groups can monitor government censorship.
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