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Google has a tool for tracking government requests directed to Google and YouTube. From http://www.google.com/governmentrequests/:

Like other technology and communications companies, we regularly receive requests from government agencies around the world to remove content from our services, or provide information about users of our services and products. The map shows the number of requests that we received between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, with certain limitations.

Rounding out the top five countries with data requests were: Brazil (3663), United States (3580), United Kingdom (1166), India (1061), and Germany (458).

The top five countries with removal requests were: Brazil (291), Germany (188), India (142), United States (123) and South Korea (64).

Canada had 41 data requests and 16 removal requests, 43.8% of which have been fully or partially complied with.

What stands out the most for me, are the removal requests without a court order, in the United States particularly, given the constitutional requirement for a warrant.

For web search result removal requests without a court order, there were five in the U.S. and one in Canada. No information is given as to the status of any of the removal requests, so we don’t know whether they were complied with to any degree.

This should especially be of concern, given that Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Google’s mission is to store all the world’s information.

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From the theme song of the 1974 movie, Gold:

Dyin’ every day for gold

Why is there this lust for gold?
If the falling rock don’t get you
Then you can bet the black dust will
Get to work, your lamp light’s burning
Down here, you’re paid to drill
Burying my soul for gold
Just to put a charm around a lady’s neck
Wish I never heard of gold
Why is there this lust for gold?
There is more to life than gold!

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