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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Interesting Government Data Requests from Google & YouTube

Google's made this pretty-looking tool that shows users which governments are requesting data and which ones ask it to remove URLs, videos, images etc.

Not surprisingly, Brazil leads the pack for remove requests - due largely to all the problems they've had with child pornography on Orkut (http://www.accuracast.com/search-daily-news/multilingual-7471/brazil-threatens-to-shut-down-googlebr-due-to-orkut/)

The most interesting data snippet, though, is one that has no data at all:
"Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets, so we cannot disclose that information at this time"
in reference to: Government requests directed to Google and YouTube (view on Google Sidewiki)