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PRIVATE INFORMATION on Google users was demanded by governments or police more than 14,000 times in 26 developed countries in the second half of last year, according to figures released for the first time by the internet group yesterday.

In an effort to highlight online censorship, Google disclosed that it had received more requests from the US than anywhere else and that it complied with anywhere from three-quarters to more than 90 per cent of the requests, depending on the country in which they were made.

Google received a record 4,601 requests from the US to disclose internet users’ private data in the six months to December, up 28 per cent year on year.  read more

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