INTERNET search engine giant lunched today the Government Request Tool to give people information about the requests for user data or content removal they receive from government agencies around the world.
According to GoogleFor this launch, we are using data from July-December, 2009, and we plan to update the data in 6-month increments.
"We already try to be as transparent as legally possible with respect to requests. Whenever we can, we notify users about requests that may affect them personally. If we remove content in search results, we display a message to users. The numbers we are sharing today take this transparency a step further and reflect the total number of requests we have received broken down by jurisdiction. We are also sharing the number of these content removal requests that we do not comply with, and while we cannot yet provide more detail about our compliance with user data requests in a useful way, we intend to do so in the future." He said
As part of our commitment to the Global Network Initiative, Drummond said Google have already agreed to principles and practices that govern privacy and free expression.
In the spirit of these principles, He hope this tool will shine some light on the scale and scope of government requests for censorship and data around the globe. We also hope that this is just the first step toward increased transparency about these actions across the technology and communications industries.