Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Google has revealed the full scale of the US government’s use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens. According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data Google received from US officials had increased by 136% by the end of 2012 from the second half of 2009, when the search firm first started collecting data.  In the US, 68% of requests were made under Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) subpoenas, which, unlike wiretaps or physical search warrants, typically circumvent the need for officials to make their case to a judge. Google said it complies to some degree with 90% of those requests. This is the first time Google has disclosed the legal processes used by US officials to gather electronic information.

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