Greater transparency around government requests
Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer. Google Public Policy Blog, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. "... [Google] are today launching a new Government Requests tool to give people information about the requests for user data or content removal we receive from government agencies around the world. For this launch, we are using data from July-December, 2009, and we plan to update the data in 6-month increments..."
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Last updated: 21 April 2010
10 Nations Demand Online Privacy - Or Else
By Mike Pearson. TechNewsWorld, 20 April 2010. "Google was the main target of a group of privacy commissioners from 10 nations who held a press event in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to air their grievances. They castigated the company over its botched Buzz rollout and criticized its Street View operations. However, other online companies -- such as Facebook and other social networks -- should also take notice, the commissioners warned..."
Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher
Posted by Rachel Whetstone, Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs. The Official Google Blog, 19 April 2010. "Two and a half years ago, we outlined our approach to removing content from Google products and services. Our process hasn't changed since then, but our recent decision to stop censoring search on Google.cn has raised new questions about when we remove content, and how we respond to censorship demands by governments. So we figured it was time for a refresher. Censorship of the web is a growing problem. According to the Open Net Initiative, the number of governments that censor has grown from about four in 2002 to over 40 today..."
Government Transparency Report
Google. "Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual.
We've created Government Requests to show the number of government inquiries for information about users and requests to remove content from our services. We hope this step toward greater transparency will help in ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of government requests..."