Google's transparency report: U.S., Brazil request most data, removals

Google has launched a transparency tool that highlights what governments are asking for data to be removed as well as traffic trends and outages by country. The Brazil and U.S. lead in data requests.

Google has launched a transparency tool that highlights what governments are asking for data to be removed as well as traffic trends and outages by country.

The overall theme for Google is to highlight when and where services are blocked or filtered, according to a blog post. The aim: If Google shines the spotlight on censorship perhaps a few governments will back off.

Although the traffic trends are notable---just in case you were wondering about Google's uptime in Iran---the government requests map for 2010 highlights some key items. Google's 2010 data includes individual items asked to be removed by countries. It should be noted that there could be several URLs in a single request. Nonetheless, the U.S. and Brazil stick out with the most removal requests.

A look at the standings thus far in 2010:

  • U.S.: 4,287 data requests and 128 removal requests.
  • Brazil: 2,435 data requests and 398 removal requests.
  • India: 1,430 data requests and 30 removal requests.
  • U.K.: 1,343 data requests and 48 removal requests.
  • France: 1,017 data  requests and 25 removal requests.

Clicking on individual cities provides a laundry list of data requests. For instance, here's Brazil:

And the U.S.

Those countries were the data removal leaders in 2009 too, but Brazil was the leader last year with 3,663 data requests. The U.S. was a close second with 3,580.

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