Google’s “Transparency Report” Shows Requests for User Information From Governments

As we all now know, (transparency Report) the Internet millions around the world have become a huge pool of data to millions of users. Among other tech giants such as Facebook or Instagram, Google is one of the largest data collectors ever. Now, the Mountain View-based tech giant released a new report which went reflect the number of requests for user data from various government agencies.

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Now, since there are all kinds of information from Internet users in almost every part of the world, so these data are sometimes used by various government agencies. We have seen some pitfalls with data mining, such as the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica case or the Clear AI fiasco. Therefore, to maintain transparency, Google released this report to show how many requests they receive from governments and how they handle the disclosure of data.

Now, keep in mind, the information below is one of the three parts of Google’s “Transparency Report”. The “Global Request for User Information” report shows the number of requests from several countries. However, if you are looking at how many requests are made for the user information enterprises for the company, there is another section. And if you want to know about the number of requests related to US national security, there is a third place.

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Now, coming to the “Global Request for User Information” report, Google has classified it into three sections – reporting period, percentage of requests where certain information is disclosed, and diplomatic legal requests.

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Among these three sections, the lowest number of requests are in the “Diplomatic Legal Requests” section. This is because diplomatic legal requests are made between governments of different countries under official treaties. Therefore, these requests are very unlikely. Reportedly, India has had only 17 diplomatic legal requests in its name in the last 10 years.

Now, going back to the previous sections of the report, the “Request by Reporting Period” section and the “Percentage of Requests Where Some Information Is Revealed” section both have interactive charts that make the information easy to read. Figures are shown in graphical format.

In the chart of the first section, you can filter the graph by selecting a specific country or adding data from all countries and the time period over which the requests are made.

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Google’s “Transparency Report” Shows Requests for User Information From Governments
In the second chart, however, you only have a “country” filter and no “time period” filter because it shows the percentage of requests from countries.

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Google’s “Transparency Report” Shows Requests for User Information From Governments
Now, according to Google, when they receive such requests from governments, they “review each request to make sure it satisfies applicable laws. If a request asks for too much information, So [they] try to narrow it down, and in some cases, [they] object to the production of this information. ”

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