Google Transparency Report

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 1, 2013

“Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual. In this report, we disclose:

  • Real-time and historical traffic to Google services around the world;

  • Numbers of removal requests we receive from copyright owners or governments;
  • Numbers of user data requests we receive from government agencies and courts.
  • To learn more about the laws governing our disclosure of user data and reforms to those laws that we think are important, visit We hope this report will shine some light on the appropriate scope and authority of government requests to obtain user data around the globe.”

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