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  1. Google Responds to 'Right to Be Forgotten' Questionnaire

    Another question asked whether requests are filtered by location, nationality or place of residence. When reviewing requests for removal of information, Google takes into consideration: Another interesting question focused on requests received when...

  2. Google, Facebook, Microsoft & Others Join Forces to Fight NSA Spying

    The letter also asks for governments to put in place "sensible limitations" on how they make requests for user information. It calls for greater transparency over how data requests are recorded, with the firms once again asking to be able to...

  3. Google: 25,000 Government Requests for Data in First Half of 2013

    Overall, the number of requests received is double the number of requests made in the first half of 2009 (12,539) when Google first started reporting government data requests and comes amid major concerns at the extent of web spying, as revealed...

  4. 6 Things We Learned From Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013

    she answered by saying that she was proud to be part of an organization that from the very beginning has been skeptical of and has been scrutinizing requests. Both Mayer and Zuckerberg were asked about the U.S.government in regards to the PRISM...

  5. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft Urge 'Greater Transparency' in PRISM Letter

    Several high-profile technology companies have co-signed a letter that asks President Obama for permission to report on PRISM data requests. Today, we are proud to join dozens of our partners across the tech industry, civil society organizations...

  6. Google, Top Ad Networks Team With White House to Fight Piracy, Counterfeiting

    Fred Humphries, VP of US Government Affairs at Microsoft said the takedown requests that form part of the proposed best practices have worked well for Microsoft in the past. The White House announced that it has reached an agreement with several of...

  7. Google Defeated in Russian YouTube Censorship Case

    It’s no secret that Google receives thousands of government requests worldwide to takedown content each year, and the search engine reported it doescomply at times. Other critics of the law say it could lead to more censorship by the government...

  8. 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. More than 30 percent of requests come from members of government hoping to remove defamatory content, according to Google's...

  9. Google Challenges U.S. National Security Letter in Court

    Google has tried in recent years to provide users with some information on how it deals with government agencies' requests for user data. Google is fighting a National Security Letter (NSL) issued by the U.S.government, with the Electronic Frontier...

  10. 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...

  11. Google Transparency Report Adds Details on Subpoenas, Search Warrants, Court Orders

    In their blog announcement, Google released the following stats from July to December 2012: percent of the requests Google received from government entities in the U.S.were through subpoenas. Google first announced their Transparency Report back in...

  12. Google Warns Secretive Government Group Could Kill Open Web

    The company recently disclosed that it had received some 20,000 requests for user data in the first six months of 2012, with the U.S.as the top applicant. Google has seen itself at the center of a number of government censorship and takedown efforts.