Google Fights Back…Opens Up Govt Records


Governments take notice: You can investigate Google’s business practices, but Google is also studying you.

The search company has updated its Transparency Report, which discloses inquiries that governments make about Google users as well as their requests to remove content. The update adds data from July 2010 to December 2010, along with new ways to digest that data.

The announcement comes on the heels of news the United State’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google’s business practices. “We hope that our Web site improvements help you to see more clearly how the Web is shaped by government influence and how Google responds to requests for information and removals,” writes Matt Braithwaite of Google’s Transparency Engineering in a company blog post.

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