Thursday, April 22, 2010

Google and the Government

Just take a look at this bullshit. Google has posted numbers telling us how much data is being asked for by the governments of the world. In this case, my beef isn't with Google - they actually did a good thing with this - but the god damn governments.

Who do they think they are requesting all this data from private sources. In 2009, the US government requested information about 3580 people, and asked to have 123 items removed from their site. That's just the US government. If you think that is bad, take a look at Brazil. They've had 291 removal requests and 3663 data requests.

The government has been forcing Google to reveal information about its users and censor blogs, youtube accounts, and even Gmail accounts. This is ridiculous - who gave them this right?

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