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Government requests to Google have more than doubled in the past four years

27
Mar
2014

Google released its latest transparency report today, revealing tens of thousands of law enforcement requests from across the world. Its a 120 percent jump in requests over the past four years, something legal director Richard Salgado attributes the jump to more and more governments start[ing] to exercise their authority to make requests in the years since the company began reporting. As with previous transparency reports, the report does not address bulk surveillance programs conducted by the NSA, which companies are legally prohibited from disclosing. However, Salgado did point to previous NSA-related reports and highlighted Googles ongoing push for surveillance reform, which could allow for more thorough transparency reports in the future.

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