Who Wanted Google To Remove Police Brutality Videos?

Google’s recently released transparency report shows not only which countries have asked to have content removed. Google also received requests from an unnamed US law enforcement agency to take down videos of police brutality, which Google did not remove. Google also received a request from a different local law enforcement agency to remove videos that allegedly defamed law enforcement officials; it again did not comply with the request.

The transparency report details requests to move content made from January to June of 2011 and, for the first time, reveals how many requests are made by specific government agencies and authorities. Google had previously only noted requests made by countries.

The purpose of the transparency report has been to highlight online censorship around the world. Brazil made the most requests to have content removed, followed by Germany, the US and South Korea. From January to June of 2011, there was a 70 percent rise in takedown requests from US government agencies or police:

Figures revealed for the first time show that the US demanded private information about more than 11,000 Google users between January and June this year, almost equal to the number of requests made by 25 other developed countries, including the UK and Russia.

Governments around the world requested private data about 25,440 people in the first half of this year, with 11,057 of those people in the US.

Commenting on Google’s including more data, including the number of users or data specified in takedown requests, Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, says:

We believe that providing this level of detail highlights the need to modernize laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which regulates government access to user information and was written 25 years ago—long before the average person had ever heard of email.”

Google needs to maintain such a commitment to transparency, to ensure we have continued access to videos like this, of Oakland police using tear gas against Occupy Oakland protesters last night, October 25.

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Patty L.
Patty L5 years ago

Bravo, Google! remember the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 ( election 2000) law enforcement can strip search anyone for anything including minor traffic violation, illegal arrest, etc.

Patty L.
Patty L5 years ago

good work Google. All: the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 (remember 2000 election) for law enforcement to strip search anyone for any reason, including wrongful arrest, minor traffic violations. Judge Kennedy stated Timothy McVeigh was arrested for a no license plate and released ... like strip searching McVeigh would hare found made any difference in what he was planning.... at best that is wishful thinking not reality!

Malik K.
Malik K.6 years ago

Demand Justice For all and for Police Brutality Victim Malik King - The Petition Site
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/stop-the-excessive-police-force/ On March 9, 2011 several police officers brutally beat an unarmed, California Registered (RN) and...

Theresa G.
T G6 years ago

Step in the right direction Wiki-Goog! Keep up the good work!

Beth M.
Beth M6 years ago

Please keep it up Google. I am concerned about the American requests.

Marti N.
Marti N6 years ago

I would love to send Google a great big thank you for exposing censorship I like knowing exactly who is trying to limit my information so I can take useful action against it

Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

Get a grip. The public police have always been owned. Doing favors for the rich and powerful who can insure they get more funding and more men or choke off funding leaving the helpless to fight any crime, even invented ones.

One article said the cops are busy beating up and arresting citizens excercizing their rights of assembly and free speech instead of trying to catch criminals. We are actually paying the police to arrest people who aren't breaking the law while not arresting people who are.

I don't think Dr. Suess could come up with a world this crazy.

Helle H.
Helle H6 years ago


Steve K.
Steve K6 years ago

I am glad that Google does a good job of walking the fine line in the modern world. This is not easy. Wikileakers accuse Google and Facebook of doing the CIAs job for them and say they just turn over things or do things when asked.

Valerie Hammett
Valerie Hammett6 years ago

the fed is behind this, they must be so paranoid about their slimy agenda becoming exposed to hundreds and thousands of angry americans. they should be put on an island with nothing but their worthless paper notes.