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Australian govt Google data requests on the rise

The amount of data the Australian government requests from Google is on the increase, but Google's compliance remains stable.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor on

The amount of data that Australian government agencies are requesting from Google is slowly on the rise, but Google's rate of compliance remains roughly the same.

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Australian requests (Screenshot by Josh Taylor/ZDNet)

The latest Google Transparency report covering the last six months of 2012 showed that requests by the Australian government continue to rise, recording 584 requests from 711 accounts, compared to 523 in the first six months of 2012. This represents an 11 percent increase in requests.

Since recording first began in 2009, the number of requests from Australian government agencies has increased 73 percent.

Google's compliance with the requests has remained largely the same for the past 12 months, sitting at 65 percent.

Overall, the requests from the Australian government are insignificant compared to the requests from a number of other countries. There were a total of 21,389 requests for data from governments across the globe in the last six months of 2012, relating to 33,684 accounts. The United States made the most requests, at 8,434, followed by India, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

The United States also has the highest rate of success in getting data from Google, sitting at 88 percent for the six-month period.

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