Google: Requests for user information up 120 percent

Google Transparency Report
Google Transparency Report

Google published their ninth update to its semi-annual Transparency Report on Thursday.

Google pointed out in a company blog post that the overall number of law enforcement requests has risen 120 percent since they started publishing their numbers in 2009.

This report update covers the period from July to December 2013, a period that is the first after Edward Snowden’s release of National Security Agency (NSA) documents.

While Google won a lawsuit allowing technology companies to release Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) still implements delays that require Google to not report requests for six months, and up to two years for “New Capability Orders.”

The U.S. made the most requests for user data with 10,574 in the six month period, more than the next five countries combined.

The company complied with 83 percent of these request, second in percentage only to Finland that made only 13 user data requests in the same time period.

Google also included a YouTube video (below) to explain its process for responding to warrants in the U.S.

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