Data Removal Service

#GeorgeOrwell

Tue, Jul 27th, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Google compiles and holds various vast amounts of the world's data. It's supposed to be totally private but sometimes governments need that information for investigations, and they request it from Google (or its subsidiaries like YouTube, Blogger or Orkut). Other times, governments finds a piece of data offensive or erroneous and requests that Google remove it from its database entirely. The search giant makes all these requests public. This is a look at which countries ask Google for the most information on its users, which ask Google to remove the most information and how often Google gives information.

China considers any request to Google to be a state secret. Google, therefore, does not publish the number of its requests.

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