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Google Posts Information on Government Requests

On Wednesday, Google released an online map which lists requests from worldwide governments to remove content from its Web sites or hand over information about users of Google products including its search engine, YouTube and Blogger.

BusinessWeek reports that the new site, called Google Government Requests, lists the governments of more than 40 countries which have asked Google for data requests or asked them to take down content in the last six months of 2009. In light of recent problems with Google, China was left off the list -- Google says it's because releasing such information is illegal in China.

Brazil tops the list of countries in terms of both requests for data (3,663) and to take down content (291). Brazil has had a long-standing dispute with Google over requests for information about criminals using the site's Orkut social networking site. The United States ranked second in requests for data and fourth in number of requests to remove content.

"There is a lack of information about what governments do, and that makes people wonder," said Google deputy general counsel Nicole Wong.

- Richard Manfredi

 

Apr 22, 2010