Google Says US User Data Requests Up, Most Minus Warrant

Law360, New York (January 23, 2013, 6:47 PM EST) -- U.S. government requests seeking information about Google Inc. user accounts in connection with criminal investigations jumped by 33 percent in the past year, with less than a quarter of those requests backed by search warrants, the tech giant said in a report released Wednesday.

Google’s most recent semiannual transparency report marks the first time the company has broken down the records of domestic agency requests — which totaled more than 16,000 in 2012 — by the kinds of legal process the government used when compelling production...
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