Google (s goog) has issued new findings on government requests for information, and once again, the results are not cheerful. The search giant says that requests to remove content have “spiked” and that “one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise.”
The news comes by way of a company blog post announcing Google’s sixth “Transparency Report,” an ongoing look at how governments around the world ask for information about Google subscribers or ask the company to remove content. And, once again, the report provides colorful details about requests from different countries — including, this time, fake court orders submitted in the U.S. and Canada.
Turning to the requests themselves, Google reports that in the first half of 2012, governments made 20,938 requests for information about 34,614 accounts — which include Google products like Gmail, YouTube and Blogger. This is approximately a 15 percent increase from the last…
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