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Google’s Corporate Transparency

April 20, 2010
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Google has taken the next step towards corporate and government transparency by releasing the number of times that national governments have requested data and requested the removal of data from the web giant. The stats listed below represent a six month period from July to November 2009. It equates to about 20 requests per day in the US, which came up second to Brazil, based on the popularity of Google’s social networking site, Orkut.

I like the presence of this website, as it shows that Google is really working towards making these governmental request stats available to all users. It goes far and beyond what other companies provide. And they are still working to provide more statistics to the public, but are trying to put them into meaningful numbers prior to release.

The stats don’t list any sort of details about each request, and I am pretty sure that is some of the information that Google is trying to put together for future updates. And these numbers only reflect criminal investigations, and not national security issues that companies are not legally allowed to release.


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