Google says government censorship rose 71% in first half of 2012

O transparency report Google points out that in the first half of 2012, requests from government agencies for content removal grew by 71% around the world.

The company says the increase indicates an increase in government surveillance on the internet. In the first semester 1,791 orders were placed for the elimination of 17,746 pieces of content from Google services, while in the second half of 2011 the orders were 1,048.

The country that most asked Google to withdraw content was Turkey, with 456 orders – ten times more than the 45 removal orders of the second half of last year. The country’s Presidency of Communication and Telecommunications was responsible for 148 requests for the exclusion of 426 YouTube videos, Blogger blogs, a document and research results with alleged criticisms of the local government.

Brazil

In Brazil, the number of requests for content exclusion decreased in the first half compared to the end of 2011, but the country remains one of the most requests from the company.

Google highlights a request to remove seven blog posts by critics from a mayor, judge and chief of police in Par – which were not served by Google. An order also came to the company to remove 860 Orkut profiles for impersonation – the company removed 834 of them.

Finally, a court order excluded 815 search results for targeting images and websites that refer to a person. The company fulfilled the request in part and 207 pieces of content were removed.

Like the report for the first half of the year, the recent case of the arrest order to the president of Google in Brazil, Fabio Coelho, was not accounted for by the company – the episode should be included in the next report, which should be released in June 2013.

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