Google Sells User Data To U.S. Government
During the recently held Transparency Report of Google, a report that is held bi-annually, the company said that the U.S. government has the highest rate of requests for user information compared to other governments worldwide. Google has a 94% compliance rate for requests done by the U.S. government with an estimated 4,600 user data requests handed over for the second quarter of 2010.
In comparison, other governments that broke into the 1,000 request marks were Brazil, UK, France and India. If you are wondering why China isn’t in the list the report said that the Chinese government didn’t make any requests for the specified time period. Knowing how China is constantly monitoring Internet traffic it will probably not need to request any user data.
Aside from requests from governments Google has also worked with individual requests for removing content on its search results. These content could either be illicit or defamation which the company took down. A total of 93,518 requests came from the UK alone but these were for AdWord ads that were later found out to be fraudulent.
Now that you know that Google shares your user data to the government it would be wise if you stored any sensitive information that you have in your own offline secure storage device.