This is What Gmail Does When the Government Wants Your Email

GmailGoogle gets “dozens” of requests for users’ information from governments, courts and police forces around the world every day, according to the company. These requests are up 70% over the last three years, but exactly how Google handles data demands from government agencies has been a mystery — until now. Google released on Monday new details about how it handles officials’ requests for user data, stressing that it does everything in its power to keep user data private when it’s legally able to do so. Police or courts might ask Google to turn over user data if it’s considered relevant to an investigation. When Google receives such a request, it pours over the request to ensure it complies with the law and Google’s own policies. “For us to consider complying, it generally must be made in writing, signed by an authorized official of the requesting agency and issued under an appropriate law.”

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).