Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Government Take Down Requests Map

Government Requests Map

Google have created a Google Map to show the requests they have received from government agencies around the world to remove content from Google services, or provide information about users of Google services and products. The map shows the number of requests received between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009.

The map shows Brazil, Germany, India and the USA leading the charge in asking for Google to remove content. However the map does show a big question mark over China as the Chinese government demand that take down requests also remain secret.

If you click on any of the countries on the map you can view a breakdown of the type of take down requests made by that government. The 'geo' requests are presumably requests to have map tiles removed from Google Maps and Google Earth.

Hat-tip: Mapperz

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