The world over, Google has been asked to facilitate police and government investigations, probing into the background of people using the online search engine.
The above information was gathered from Google’s blog page that points out with a graphical summary of all the requests and the protocol thereafter by the guys at Google.
It is particularly interesting to go through the requests made by different countries, for it clearly indicates the variety and diversity of laws that the citizens of the world abide to. As far as India is concerned, our government insured that Google removed around three hundred and sixty search results that linked to adult videos that allegedly violated an individual’s privacy.
Nonetheless, Google hasn’t just abided to court orders blindly; take for example Argentina’s request to remove 120 search results for linking to sites that allegedly reference individuals. Google did not respond to the request because the URLs listed did not reference the individuals cited in the order. Talking about freedom of speech; Australia sent in a request to remove a YouTube video of statements made against members of law enforcement. The videos weren’t removed.
As a blogger, the dealings between the Brazilian government and Google is of much interest to me; after a few blogs were online “defaming the honour of a local mayor, judge and police chief of the Pará State” the Brazilian government acted a little shifty, and quite obviously Google did not pay heed to their request. On the other hand, Russia’s communication with Google stands out. Rightfully so, Russia wanted a few videos that went against an article in their Federal Law; but, Google obliged only to the extent of restricting the videos from view in Russia.
America’s is an endless list of demands, but we must discuss a few. Compared to the last period, there was a forty-six percent increase in the content removal requests in this reporting period from January to June. No YouTube video criticizing public officials were removed, thirty-six percent of the requests to remove search results linking to websites that defamed individuals or organizations were acknowledged.
Just an FYI, India clocked in at Rank 2 in the terms of the list of demands made to Google, just behind the United States of America. That’s something to think about the next time you use the search engine, yes?