Google: Government Surveillance Continues to Rise

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house70

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Every company receives requests like these from governments (every company that has any type of data about their clients stored), but so far only Google has been transparent about it...
 

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The sad part about this is that government and fbi can't even stop fake microsoft support scam, credit card fraud and so forth.

I guess people should be concerned only if you live in the US and you download illegal stuff by the ton and child pornography.
 

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"20,938 official requests for user data from governments"

and

"most requests for data, with 209 requests"

If the largest government request is 209 the remainder is obviously smaller numbers.
That makes it difficult to count up to nearly 21,000

The math part in many of the articles leaves a lot to be desired. Makes you wonder what else is reported incorrectly :-(
 

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[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]"20,938 official requests for user data from governments"and"most requests for data, with 209 requests"If the largest government request is 209 the remainder is obviously smaller numbers.That makes it difficult to count up to nearly 21,000The math part in many of the articles leaves a lot to be desired. Makes you wonder what else is reported incorrectly :-([/citation]

There are nearly 200 countries in the world, meaning they would average out over 100 each. Just because the highest is 209 does not mean there are not 50 others requesting 208.

Problem?
 

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[citation][nom]kinggraves[/nom]There are nearly 200 countries in the world, meaning they would average out over 100 each. Just because the highest is 209 does not mean there are not 50 others requesting 208.Problem?[/citation]

Ever heard of a bell curve or a standard deviation?
It is VERY unlikely to have this work out. Math again...sorry.

Then there are these inconsistencies...
Examiner.com article Re. Google requests from November 14:

"covering the first six months of 2012, U.S. government agencies made almost 8,000 requests to see private data on over 16 thousand users and accounts"

I can not believe that Google received 'only' 209 all year from the US. That's got to be way too low.




 

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It is scary that they request the info. It's just as scary that google has your all data and not only gives it to government agencies but profiteers from selling to private parties as well.
 

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[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]"20,938 official requests for user data from governments"and"most requests for data, with 209 requests"If the largest government request is 209 the remainder is obviously smaller numbers.That makes it difficult to count up to nearly 21,000[/citation]

United States (7,969)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/13/google-transparency-report-government-requests-data

The math part in many of the articles leaves a lot to be desired. Makes you wonder what else is reported incorrectly :-(
Aye.
 

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It is a lot more than Google released, almost all the accounts that are connected to any religious and or political activity is under some form or surveillance including keyword search. Also Google and YouTube employees can log into other users accounts without notice. Your emails and other content isn't as private as many are led to believe. Come January there is going to be a lot of changes on the net that most will be uncomfortable with.
 

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[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]Ever heard of a bell curve or a standard deviation?It is VERY unlikely to have this work out. Math again...sorry.Then there are these inconsistencies... Examiner.com article Re. Google requests from November 14:"covering the first six months of 2012, U.S. government agencies made almost 8,000 requests to see private data on over 16 thousand users and accounts"I can not believe that Google received 'only' 209 all year from the US. That's got to be way too low.[/citation]
If 200 countries have requests and each reduces by 1 the further you go down until the last country has 1 request - that is 20,000 requests so the statistical averages work out.
Some of the more developed nations, nations with an active intelligence service, or special interest nations will all have similar figures such as UK, Germany, Japan, Israel, Korea, certain Arab states, the Vatican, etc and will all hovver around the 200 requests mark and will draw away the average from tiny nations with zero requests like Burkina Faso or St Kitts
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So yes, I think your maths do fail you, there are enough nations and an exact line of constant reduction to make it work, but plenty of wiggle room for some deviation, but nice try attempting to think what you read in a book at college makes you look smarter than other people
 

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Yeah buddy the US is going to become no better than the commies.
You cant do that you cant do this, the only thing you can do is suck air.
 
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