Google Reports Surge in Government Requests for User Data

U.S. government requests for data on Google users for the first half of 2011 increased 29 percent over the previous six-month time frame, according to a report released by Google today.

Government agencies and courts sent a total of 5,950 user data requests between January 1 and June 30, 2011, covering 11,057 separate users and accounts. Google said that it fully or partially complied with 93 percent of them.

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