Google has a new site that makes public the government requests it receives for data and content removal. It shows government request from just about every country with the exception of China. When you click on China it says:
“Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets, so we cannot disclose that information at this time.”
Just one more reason I applaud Google for leaving China.
Surprisingly Brazil is in the lead by a large margin. And according to search engine land, Brazil is not happy about it and appears to be in a pissing match with Google. Recently Brazil has fined Google $9,000 in a civil court over a defamation case. Google was held to have defamed a priest by allowing an anonymous Internet user’s post on Orkut, which called the priest a “pedophile.” The judgment upheld an earlier, lower court ruling from 2008. Google owns social-networking site Orkut, which has a significant following in Brazil.
Germany, India, US and South Korea round out the top 5.
The tool does not show request details or aggregate data on countries with less than 30 requests. Google also admits “these numbers are imperfect”. For more information Google has provided a detailed FAQ on the stats this tool shows.