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India second on list of govts requesting Google user data

This figure has gone up from 2,439 in January-June 2011.

The latest Google Transparency Report shows that India is only second to the United States in requesting user data. While the Indian government had a total of 2,691 requests of which 64 per cent where fulfilled,the US had 10,918 requests of which 83 per cent where fulfilled.

In an official blog post,Richard Salgado,Google’s Legal Director,Law Enforcement and Information Security,wrote: “Since we began sharing these figures with you in 2010,requests from governments for user information have increased by more than 100 per cent. This comes as usage of our services continues to grow,but also as more governments have made requests than ever before.”

In the case of India,user data requests have grown from 1,061 for July to December 2009 to 2,691 from January to June 2013. The requests pertained to 4,161 users from the country. This figure has gone up from 2,439 in January-June 2011,when Google first started providing this information.

The post clarified these numbers only include the requests that are allowed to be published. “The US Department of Justice contends that US law does not allow us to share information about some national security requests that we might receive. Specifically,the US government argues that we cannot share information about the requests we receive (if any) under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But you deserve to know,” Salgado posted.