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Google Executives Say Government Surveillance Is On The Rise

Do you always feel like somebody’s watching you while you’re surfing the net? Well according to Google, you’re probably right.

via CBS News

Google announced Tuesday the release of its latest transparency report, which reveals that the search giant is getting more government request than ever before.

Google’s transparency report details takedown request from government agencies or organizations worldwide. Typical inquiries include the request to remove content that is in violation of copyright or local laws.The top reason for court orders issued to Google are defamation, and privacy and security.

The report says that government agencies from around the world made a total of 20,938 inquiries in the first half of 2012. When Google launched its transparency report in 2010 the number of requests between July to Dec. 2009 was 12,539.

Google also reported the number requests by governments for user data information, and the percentage of compliance. In the United States, the government requested data from Google 7,969 times, about 16,281 user accounts. The search giant complied 90 percent of the time.

We’re sure former CIA director David Petraeus can confirm that these reports are very valid.

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