Emma Woolacott reporting at Forbes:
Google’s latest Transparency Report shows that it received 3,846 government requests to remove content from its services – 68 percent up over the second half of 2012. Of these, three percent were overtly related to government criticism, with Google complying with fewer than a third.
“Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent: governments continue to ask us to remove political content,” says the company’s legal director, Susan Infantino, in a blog post.
“Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes.” More