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Google reveals data to show government pressure

Google has for the first time released data to show how governments pressurise it to censor content

Google has for the first time released data to show how governments pressurise it to censor its content and ask it for the personal data of Google users.

The search-engine company has launched a new tool that breaks down by country and service the number of government demands in the 100 countries that it operates in. For the second half of 2009, Brazil topped the list of countries with 3,663 data requests, followed by the US at 3,580 and the UK at 1,166.

A majority of these, such as requests to remove child pornography, are legitimate, Google's lawyer David Drummond said in a blog post.