Human Rights

Google asked to block contents critical of government

According to google’s latest transparency report, law enforcement agencies across India have asked Google to remove the contents critical of chief minister and senior officials. Google had flatly turned down the request. In the last six months of 2010 ie between July and December 2010 Google received 67 request to remove the critical contents. Of the total request made six were from courts and the rest from executives, police and other officials. Google also received 1,699 requests by police seeking to know the search and usage habits of targeted individuals. The number of requests to remove its contents in India has risen by 123 percent.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2011 on page no. 11

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