Government requests for user data increasing for US, says Google
Google released new data for the Transparency Report, showing that the steady increase in government requests for our users’ data continued in the second half of 2012, as usage of Google services continued to grow. Google have shared figures like this since 2010 because it’s important for people to understand how government actions affect them.
Google always looking for ways to make the report even more informative.For the first time Google now including a breakdown of the kinds of legal process that government entities in the U.S. use when compelling communications and technology companies to hand over user data. From July through December 2012:
68 percent of the requests Google received from government entities in the U.S. were through subpoenas. These are requests for user-identifying information, issued under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
22 percent were through ECPA search warrants. These are, generally speaking, orders issued by judges under ECPA, based on a demonstration of “probable cause” to believe that certain information related to a crime is presently in the place to be searched.
The remaining 10 percent were court orders issued under ECPA by judges or other processes that are difficult to categorize.