29 Jan '13, 10pm

Why & How Google Hands Over Users' Data to Governments

Google has followed up last week's transparency report update – which revealed that government requests have risen by 70 percent over the last two years – with a little more information on how it deals with and why it responds to government data requests. David Drummond, Google SVP and chief legal officer, wrote in a blog post that the company receives dozens of requests a day from government agencies seeking users' account information. Google must respond to these requests in the correct manner, and that means respecting the rights of all parties, Drummond wrote. "It's important for law enforcement agencies to pursue illegal activity and keep the public safe. We're a law-abiding company, and we don't want our services to be used in harmful ways," he added. "But it's just as important that laws protect you against overly broad requests for your personal information." So ho...

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