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 Managing Director, Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer a technology focused Investment Banking & Advisory practice specializing in M&A, Financings, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Access. He is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert and well known for his work on Fox Television's Shelly Palmer Digital Living as well as his daily radio report on United Stations Radio Networks. For more information, visit shellypalmer.com.

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