Governments asking Google to remove more content

9:37 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Governments around the world are peppering Google with more demands to remove online content and turn over information about its users.

Google Inc. provided a glimpse at the onslaught of government requests in a summary posted on its website late Sunday.

U.S. government agencies submitted 187 requests to remove content from July through December last year, more than doubling from 92 requests from January through June.

Only Brazil's government agencies submitted more content removal requests with a total of 194 during the final half of last year.

But that figure was down from 224 requests during the first half of the year.

The U.S. government filed 6,321 requests with Google for user data during the final six months of the year. That was far more than any other country.

The Associated Press

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