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Google battling US government censorship moves

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 26, 2011 | 1 min read

Search giant Google is facing a growing wave of takedown requests from US governmental agencies – with a 70% rise in takedown requests reported in its latest biannual transparency statement.

One request was related to a video purportedly showing police brutality whilst other requests were made to remove clips which allegedly defamed police officers.

All were rebuffed by Google.

Between January and June America demanded information on 11,000 Google users , by far the largest number of requests made by any developed world government.

Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, said: “For the first time, we're not only disclosing the number of requests for user data, but we're showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests too.”

Google has released the data in an effort to overhaul laws regulating government access to user information – many of which were drawn up in the pre-internetl era.

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