SAN FRANCISCO : Governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests to Google to take down articles, photos and video in the first half of the year - two of them from Thailand.
The number of government requests to hand over data from users or to take down web content rose again, extending a trend of recent years."This is the sixth time we've released this data, and one trend has become clear: government surveillance is on the rise," Google senior policy analyst Dorothy Chou said.In the first half of 2012, Google received 20,938 requests for data from government entities around the world related to 34,614 accounts, according to the US tech giant's semiannual Transparency Report.The number was up nearly 15 per cent from the prior six-month period.The largest number came from the United States, with a total of 7,969 data...
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