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

    Data released by Google as part of its twice-yearly transparency report shows that requests rose from 21,389 to 25,879 between the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. Google also used the release of its latest transparency report to...

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

    Today, we are proud to join dozens of our partners across the tech industry, civil society organizations, and trade associations to urge greater transparency by the U.S.government regarding national security demands for our users' information.

  3. Google Reports Surge in Government Takedown Requests

    Google reported in its bi-annual transparency report that government requested takedowns are up from the first half of last year. More than 30 percent of requests come from members of government hoping to remove defamatory content, according to...

  4. 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...

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

    Google first announced their Transparency Report back in Fall 2010 as part of their government requests tool aimed at giving people information about the requests for user data and content removal they receive from the government.

  6. Google Accused of Being Too Slow to Derank Pirate Websites

    Google's transparency report shows they know clearly which are most infringing domains. However, Google has been accused of being too slow about it, and now faces the prospect of a review by government mandarins at the Department of Culture, Media...

  7. Google Reveals More Government Search Censorship Requests

    Every six months, Google releases information about government requests to remove content or access private user data as part of their Transparency Report. Google found that their videos did violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines and as a result...

  8. Google Copyright URL Removal Requests Top 1.2 Million

    Google's Transparency Report has been around since 2010. When something gets in the way of the free flow of information, we believe there should be transparency around what that block might be," said Google Senior Copyright Counsel Fred von Lohmann...

  9. Google Transparency Report Now Shows User Data Requests

    The Google Transparency Report has been updated to include data on Government requests for user information. First, Google is inviting other companies to join the Opennet Transparency Project, which creates a standardized format for similar...

  10. Google Forced to Release WikiLeaks Volunteer's Gmail Info

    In the final six months of 2010, Google received 4,601 requests for data as a result of search warrants, subpoenas, and searches justified by the ECPA; they complied with 94 percent of the requests, according to the Google Transparency Report...

  11. Google, Verizon Outline 7-Point Proposal Towards An Open Web

    Aside from the full access and transparency issues that require be addressed to the effect that users have full information on their service providers as well as the choice of the devices they use to access the Internet, the point that looks the...

  12. Trade Groups Outline New Behavioral Advertising Standards

    The Transparency Principle calls for clearer and easily accessible disclosures about data collection and use practices. The Accountability Principle calls for the development of programs to monitor and report uncorrected non-compliance to...