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Google Reports Surge in Government Takedown Requests

From July to December 2012 Google received 2,285 government requests to remove content from its platforms, an all-time high. Google reported in its bi-annual transparency report that government requested takedowns are up from the first half of last year. The search giant reported that requests were at 1,811 from January to June 2012. "As we've gathered and released more data over time, it's become increasingly clear that the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown," wrote Google legal director Susan Infantino in a blog post . "In more places than ever, we've been asked by governments to remove political content that people post on our services. In this particular time period, we received court orders in several countries to remove blog posts criticising government officials or their associates." Brazil and the U.S. led the world for tota...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2264590/Google-Repor...

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