Tuesday October 25, 2011

Google Giving More Data and Transparency Around Government Requests

Google has updated its Government Requests tool with a lot more data, specifically the number of government requests and the exact amount of users or accounts requested. Thanks to TheWeazmeister for the link.

Today we’re updating the Government Requests tool with numbers for requests that we received from January to June 2011. For the first time, we’re not only disclosing the number of requests for user data, but we’re showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests too. We also recently released the raw data behind the requests. Interested developers and researchers can now take this data and revisualize it in different ways, or mash it up with information from other organizations to test and draw up new hypotheses about government behaviors online.

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