Petraeus case and U.S. data requests

Google released information Tuesday that shows U.S. governmental entities made 7,969 requests for data of 16,281 Google users or accounts in the first half of 2012, requests that Google complied with 90 percent of the time. “A lot of Google's strategy around privacy is to be like your priest,” said Peter Eckersley, technology projects director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Google will know everything, but they'll try to maintain a reputation as a trustworthy custodian of your secrets. That model seems to be deeply undermined when governments begin to routinely collect such sensitive metadata, something they can often do without even obtaining a warrant.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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