0
General

Google receives record number of data requests in H2

Friday 21 April 2017 | 09:03 CET | News

Google said it received 45,000 government requests for user data worldwide in the second half of last year, the most it has ever received in a six-month period since it started reporting the figures in 2010, according to the company’s latest transparency report. The company received 44,943 requests in the first half. Specifically, Google received 45,549 requests, concerning about 74,073 accounts. The company responded to 60 percent of the requests.

Google said it was not surprised to get so many requests, since more people are using more of its services. For example, Gmail had 425 million active users in 2012; this number jumped to over 1 billion in 2016. Also, digital evidence has increasingly become part of criminal investigations. Google does not answer all data requests but assessed them in terms of validity.

Cross-border requests for data continued to account for most requests, with over 31,000 in H2 coming from outside of the US. Google said the high number showed the need for an improved international framework around digital data. It currently takes 10 months to process a request under the US under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), a long time for investigators to wait. This can lead to a chaotic and patchwork system that sometimes do not respect user rights.

Google believes this should be addressed by new agreements, after a conversation including a broad group of stakeholders, such as law enforcement and national security perspectives, as well as citizens, civil society groups and providers of information services that cross national borders. “This discussion will raise difficult questions about the scope of government surveillance powers, the extent of digital jurisdiction, the importance of rapid investigations, and privacy rights in the internet age—fundamental issues that can’t be adequately addressed by courts using antiquated legal standards or by governments acting in an ad hoc fashion,” Google said. The company added that it looked forward  to sharing more thoughts and working with relevant stakeholders to craft viable and lasting solutions.  



Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours.

Subscribe now

Categories: General
Companies: Google
Countries: World
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


Related

Google ontvangt recordaantal dataverzoeken in H2

Published 21 Apr 2017 10:37 CET | World
Google heeft bekend gemaakt dat het in de eerste zes maanden van 2016 bijna 45,000 verzoeken om gebruikersdata heeft ontvangen. ...

Google gets 45,000 requests for data in H1

Published 13 Oct 2016 23:25 CET | World
Governments submitted a total of 44,943 data requests to Google in the first half of the year, compared to 40,667 last year, ...





-/- 1.1%
Service revenue down q-o-q
Belgium  |  2016 Q4

Calendar   /   Industry Events

22 Apr NAB Show
24 Apr MVNO World Congress
24 Apr Breko Glasfasermesse
25 Apr FTTH Conference APAC
25 Apr ONUG Spring
26 Apr Ooredoo Q1 2017
26 Apr Teo Q1 2017
26 Apr KPN Q1 2017
26 Apr Orange Poland Q1 2017
26 Apr Mellanox Q1 2017
26 Apr AudioCodes Q1 2017
26 Apr Sonus Networks Q1 2017
26 Apr Netgear Q1 2017
26 Apr Millicom Q1 2017
26 Apr Equinix Q1 2017
26 Apr TE Connectivity fiscal Q2
26 Apr Citrix Systems Q1 2017
26 Apr BCE Q1 2017
26 Apr ATN Q1 2017
26 Apr ShoreTel fiscal Q3
26 Apr Telia Company Q1 2017
26 Apr Televisa Q1 2017
26 Apr Twitter Q1 2017
26 Apr China SDN/NFV Conference
26 Apr Telenet AGM
27 Apr STMicroelectronics Q1 2017
27 Apr Fortinet Q1 2017
27 Apr Orange Q1 2017
27 Apr Microsoft fiscal Q3
27 Apr American Tower Q1 2017
27 Apr DSP Group Q1 2017
27 Apr Comptel Q1 2017
27 Apr Doro Q1 2017
27 Apr Samsung Q1 2017
27 Apr InterDigital Q1 2017
27 Apr TIM Brasil Q1 2017
27 Apr Telenet Q1 2017
27 Apr Comcast Q1 2017
27 Apr Alphabet Q1 2017
27 Apr NEC fiscal Q4
27 Apr Digital Realty Q1 2017
27 Apr VeriSign Q1 2017
27 Apr Nokia Q1 2017
27 Apr Amazon Q1 2017
27 Apr Ooredoo Q1 2017
27 Apr Intel Q1 2017
27 Apr Microsemi fiscal Q2
27 Apr NTT Docomo FY results
27 Apr MobileIron Q1 2017
27 Apr Skyworks fiscal Q2
27 Apr IoT Global Congress
27 Apr Bouygues Telecom AGM
::: More Calendar Items