Submitted by Michael Krieger of LibertyBlitzkrieg
Don’t worry I’m sure the increase is certainly related to finding Al Qaeda in the U.S., as opposed to targeting domestic civil rights activists. I wonder how many of these requests were related to Aaron Swartz, the computer genius who federal prosecutors drove to suicide because they were still bitter about the role he played in destroying SOPA. Or are the requests aimed at “far right” extremists, folks that can be identified according to West Point by their defense of “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”
Once again, the EFF deserves our highest praise for bringing this info to us. From the EFF:
Google received over 21,000 requests for data on over 33,000 users in the last six months from governments around the world, a 70% increase since Google started releasing numbers in 2010. The United States accounted for almost 40% the total requests (8,438) and the number of users (14,791). The total numbers in the US for 2012 amounted to a 33% increase from 2011. And while Google only complied with two-thirds of the total requests globally, they complied with 88% of the requests in the United States.
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