The US government has once again outdone its peers in requesting that Google turn over user data for use in criminal investigations, with almost 6,000 demands in the first half of 2011, a 29 per cent increase from the previous six months. The 5,950 requests that US law enforcement agencies filed with YouTube and Google sought …
THE EASE WITH WHICH INFORMATION....
can be handed over is something that should concern us. There should always be legal checks and balances otherwise it could be open to abuse.
Judiciary, policing, freedom of the press as separate entities keep the balance, but policing without reference to the judiciary trying to stifle the press is dangerous.
The "US demands user data from Google" article comes immediately after this
In the Reg RSS feed.
Telling juxtaposition, Vulture! Nice one!
Shouldn't these figures be reported *per capita*?
It strikes me that a larger country will necessarily make more such requests.
That leaves India looking relatively good, whereas we Brits are just as bad as the Septics :-(