Mar 27 AT 2:37 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

Google releases transparency report for 2013, government data requests keep increasing

Scary government NSA man

Google strives to be as transparent as possible about government data requests. The company believes users deserve to know when a user has their data requested by the government and how often it happens to users in general. With this report for the year of 2013, we see that government data requests are increasing at a steady rate and show no signs of slowing down.

Google transparecy report 2013

These requests generally stem from criminal investigations and don’t have anything to do with the “NSA surveillance” being talked about in the media. These are legal warrants to obtain data from Google. But even then, Google goes through great lengths to only provide the necessary data and no more. To illustrate the process of giving up data, Google created a cute video on the subject.

Is it worrying that government data requests are rising? A little, but do consider that these are legal warrants. Still, it isn’t very comforting that your data can be read at any time. Have any of you ever received a notice that your data has been given up by Google? I haven’t heard of it happening to anyone yet but I’d love to know. Leave a comment!

Source: Google Transparency Report, Google Blog

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Mark

    “Google strives to be as transparent as possible about government data requests”


  • Derek

    The problem with that video is…It doesnt cover “National Security Letters”. NSL’s are presented to google by the FBI, DHS, CIA, NSA, DOJ, etc and there is no recourse or due process. If google does not abide by it, it gets fined and punished. There is no transparency, nothing. The user cannot be notified or google gets punished again. And the worst part is, there is no sworn statement of probable cause made before a judge to obtain a National Security Letter. It’s just something that’s been made up by the DOJ to circumvent having to get a warrant in the first place. It’s truly a violation of the fourth amendment. But, because it’s not called a “warrant” federal judges have taken the blind approach that if its not called a warrant then the fourth amendment doesnt apply. How silly and backwards of them. The fourth amendment states that a warrant is ALWAYS required for a search and seizure.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Unfortunately, that would not under Google’s control. I can only assume Google isn’t really allowed to talk about it. But whatever power they have to notify a person about a data request, they use.

  • aryin

    “what’s the cow doing here” hehe, nice one !

  • donger

    The cow is awesome.