Google reports 120% surge in government requests for user data

April 1, 2014 11:21 am

Google Inc. has said the number of requests it has had from governments to share information about its users has surged by 120% in the past four years. The company said more governments were starting to “exercise their authority to make requests.” Last year, 53,356 requests for data were made globally, Google said. “We consistently push back against overly broad requests for your personal information,” said Google’s legal director, Richard Salgado. “But it’s also important for laws to explicitly protect you from government overreach. That’s why we’re working alongside eight other companies to push for surveillance reform, including more transparency,” Salgado said in Google’s Transparency Report.