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Asia Governments make less demands on Google

MIS Asia writers | April 22, 2010
New Google tool reveals extent of Government pressure.

Government censorship growing rapidly

"Government censorship of the web is growing rapidly: from the outright blocking and filtering of sites, to court orders limiting access to information and legislation forcing companies to self-censor content," said Drummond.

"So it's no surprise that Google, like other technology and telecommunications companies, regularly receives demands from government agencies to remove content from our services."

In a separate blog post, Google vice president of public affairs, Rachel Whetstone, said: "Increased government censorship of the web is undoubtedly driven by the fact that record numbers of people now have access to the internet, and that they are creating more content than ever before,"

"This creates big challenges for governments used to controlling traditional print and broadcast media."

10 nation letter

The launch of the Government Requests tool came on the same day that officials from 10 nations sent a letter to Google's chief executive demanding that the California firm better defend people's privacy.

Canada's privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said a collaboration of countries representing a total of 375 million people were "speaking with a common voice" to remind internet firms to obey each nation's privacy laws.

The letter was also signed by data protection officials from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain.

"We are increasingly concerned that, too often, the privacy rights of the world's citizens are being forgotten as Google rolls out new technological applications," the letter stated.

The letter urges Google to set a worthy privacy example for other online firms.

 

 

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