Government spying more than ever: Google report
According to a new Google transparency report, the U.S government is spying on your G-mail activity (and others) more than ever. Since 2012 has begun, the report shows that requests for access to private information by law enforcement officials are up some 34% across the country.
Although the requests are received, and often without a warrant from a judge, Google as noted by the Huffington Post almost-always denies the requests as they consider most of them to be ‘snooping’. A 1986 statute set in place, lends a helping hand to officers seeking information; as it gives a bit of leniency when attempting to do so.
“Hat tip to Google for releasing this important information,” Greg Nojeim, a senior counsel at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology, said in a statement. “This shows not only that law enforcement demands are skyrocketing, but that proportion of those demands that are inappropriate may also be increasing.”
This infographic shows the alarming number of requests made by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. According to additional information released by Google, foreign government officials made more than 21,000 requests last year alone to get their hands on e-mails and data sent by Google users.