Matt Maiorana / June 29th, 2011 / Tweet
What does Google do with all that data they collect on us? Most of it sits in massive data centers — quietly providing users with more “relevant” search results and news. But what happens when governments get involved?
That’s what Google’s latest transparency report provides — a detailed look at who’s asking for data and how much Google gives up. They even have an nicely arranged website for those interested in the stats.
The newest report was released today, detailing the six-month period of July-December 2010. For curious individuals in the US — Google has received 4,601 user data requests from the US Government over the most recent six-month period and has complied with 94% of those requests (the highest compliance rate).
Other countries making full use of their information request power include: Brazil, France, the UK, and India.
The old adage holds true — “With
great power vast quantities of data, comes great responsibility.” Good for Google for providing such a detailed and accessible analysis of this data.