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Spike in Government Censorship & Data Mining Requests to Google

Google today released updated data about government requests to remove data from its network or hand over user information, and said that recent trends are "troubling."

"This is the fifth data set that we've released. And just like every other time before, we've been asked to take down political speech," Dorothy Chou, a Google senior policy analyst, wrote in a blog post. "It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect—Western democracies not typically associated with censorship."

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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405945,00.asp

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Kudos to google for being

Kudos to google for being open and honest enough to basically say "hey, we're under constant pressure by your government to censor the internet"

P.S. - I've always wanted to work at Google, its an awesome place to work

Daily Paul

used to be one of the top 5 Google search results for "Ron Paul". It's not coming up at all right now. Coincidence?

I just tried "ron paul" and

I just tried "ron paul" and dailypaul.com came up at #4

Yep you're right its back

Yep you're right its back now. Definitly wasn't there last night and this morning I checked several times. Guess it was just a coincidence!!

Not suprising at all to me

All over the world there is a big push against free speech, even in Europe. Over there they arrest people for hate speech, which while not nice is still free speech. You can be arrested in certain countries around the world for antisemitic speech, questioning or denying the holocaust. Which is all covered under free speech here. They have police arresting people for "cyber bullying" which is a nice way to say censorship. I have read the stories, instead of turning the computer off and walking away for a day or two some losers have cried till fascists are using it to squash free speech. They always use a nice cover for their fascism. This is mostly done by leftist leaning fascists. The new left hates free speech. They plan to bring this to America, they already have in some ways.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

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Google denied 75% of search removal requests from US

however it at least "partially" complied with 93% of 6,321 US "user data" requests!

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

I wonder how many

patriots are on that list simply for being politically active?

They couldn't care less about violence and porn, it's the political activists they're after.

"The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right." - Richard Feynman