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Number of Google user data requests from governments reached record

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 3, 2019
According to data gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, governments’ requests for Google user data nearly reached 165,000 during the first half of 2019.
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Data security   Governments and other agencies are heavily relying on the information
This comes at a moment in which privacy is very important for users and individuals around the world.

Topics: Google user data

The top three countries requesting data from Google include the United States, Germany, and India.

Governments and other agencies are heavily relying on the information provided by Google in order to get specific data about what users were doing while surfing the internet.

Moreover, the number of accounts requested could be larger than the total requests made by the governments, meaning that a single request could contain several accounts.

According to data gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, governments’ requests for Google user data nearly reached 165,000 during the first half of 2019.

In general, governmental agencies, including courts, can request companies for information about how users were using their services.

Google is specifically important because most internet users tend to search for different things through Google.

Google has also strict policies on how to handle users’ data.

The request must be presented writing, signed by an authorized official and issued under an appropriate law.

At the same time, the company may decide to narrow the requests made by entities considering sometimes they might be overly broad.

Furthermore, the number of user data requests could include information about several users and individuals.

That means that each of these requests could be seeking information about multiple Google Accounts considering users could have several accounts.

Google cannot reject these requests because they are generally made by law enforcement agencies around the world.

If the company wants to remain compliant with the laws that apply in these countries, it would have to provide the information requested as long as the requests are measured.

Both the United States and Germany have registered the highest number of requests issued to Google during the first half of this year.

The United States made 26,826 data requests to Google during the aforementioned period of time, followed by Germany with 10,009 data requests and India with 8,542 data requests.

At the same time, France made 6,775 Google user data requests, the United Kingdom 4,644, Brazil 2,966, Australia 2,367, Spain 1,618, Italy 1,509 and Poland 1,406.

This shows people need to be careful about how they use Google products and services as their data isn’t necessarily private.

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