New Google Transparency Report Says Government Surveillance and Censorship is on the Rise
By JG Vibes
November 14, 2012
It should come as no surprise to anyone who uses the internet that government surveillance and censorship has been increasing in intensity by the day.
This week everyone’s suspicions have been confirmed by Google’s new transparency report.
Twice a year Google releases a report which shows how many take down requests they receive from government agencies or organizations worldwide.
The report also gives details on government surveillance through their networks.
The numbers that they give in the new transparency reports are alarming, but even Google admits that they only represent a small portion of what is taking place, because they only know about the government spying that is going on through their networks, with their knowledge.
According to the report:
“This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise.
As you can see from the graph below, government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the Transparency Report.
In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts.”