Google reveals extent of police co-operation

Google removed 135 videos from YouTube in the first half of this year at the request of British police authorities, reports MediaGuardian.

The web giant complied with the orders, made because of a perceived threat to national security, and experienced a 71 per cent upturn in content removal requests compared to the second half of 2010.

62 more videos were removed due to privacy, security or hate speech issues.

According to the company’s biannual transparency report, private information “about 1,443 British users or accounts was demanded by law enforcement agencies between January and June this year”, says the newspaper.

Google said it complied with 82 per cent of law authority requests in the UK.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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