Google’s latest Transparency Report numbers make one thing very clear. The United States government is not afraid to request data from the search giant as compared to the rest of the world.
In fact of the countries shown in the map below the US account for more than 1/3 of the total requests to Google by governments for user data. At over 16,000 accounts are represented in that this number which is 47% of the total accounts being requested from January – June of 2012.
Is there a meaning here?
Beats me but with the percentages being so high it does tell me and anyone reading this in the US that you should be aware of this activity at the very least. Also of note, with 90% of those requests either partially or fully complied with the US also tops that list where in Hungary, for instance the percentage complied with is 0. Hopefully, you are not doing anything that might land you on the US government’s naughty list.
You can see the individual country results here.
This next chart shows the total requests and how they have grown around 67% over the past 2 1/2 years.
What’s the takeaway? You decide. Any thoughts you have would look real good in the comment section.