Government requests to see Google users' data double in four years

Government requests for Google users’ data have more than doubled in four years.

Requests from governments to see users’ data has gone up 120% since 2009, when Google started recording them.

In the UK, Google had requests to hand over information of about 3,142 people to the government in just six months to December 2013.

Around 69% of the time Google provided some data.

The UK is fifth in the league table of governments requesting data from Google.

Google said it notifies people that a request has been made, where the law allows it.

Google said: “We consistently push back against overly broad requests for your personal information, but it’s also important for laws to explicitly protect you from government overreach. That’s why we’re working alongside eight other companies to push for surveillance reform, including more transparency.”



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