Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in government censorship requests

Posted on June 23, 2012

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(NaturalNews) In what may be the most ironic thing to happen all year, tech giant Google –

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a serial privacy violator – says the company is experiencing what it describes as an “alarming” increase in the number of censorship requests being received by Western (in particular, the U.S.) governments. Seems the Leviathan – also known to regularly violate privacy rights (see increased use of drones and other surveillance devices) – doesn’t like to be held to account, either.

Besides wanting to censor Internet search results, governments are also looking to tamp down YouTube videos, Google said in a recent “transparency report.”

“It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect — Western democracies not typically associated with censorship,” Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, wrote in a blog post, as reported by CNN.com.

“For example, in the second half of last year, Spanish regulators asked us to remove 270 search results that linked to blogs and articles in newspapers referencing individuals and public figures, including mayors and public prosecutors,” she wrote. “In Poland, we received a request from a public institution to remove links to a site that criticized it. We didn’t comply with either of these requests.”

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