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Government requests for Google’s users’ data continues to rise globally but, once again, the United States is leader of the pack.
In the July to December period of 2012, Google received 8,438 requests for information from the U.S., a six percent increase from the first half of 2012, according to the search engine giant’s latest Transparency Report. Google received 21,389 requests for information globally, a two percent rise from the first half of the year.
Countries that made the most requests were:
• The United States — 8,438 requests for information about 14,791 users.
• India — 2,431 requests for information about 4,106 users.
• France — 1,693 requests for information about 2,063 users.
• Germany — 1,550 requests for information about 1,944 users.
• The United Kingdom — 1,458 requests for information about 1,918 users.
• Brazil — 1,211 requests for information about 2,526 users.
“User data requests of all kinds have increased by more than 70 percent since 2009, as you can see in our new visualizations of overall trends,” says Google’s legal director Richard Salgado in a blog post. “In total, we received 21,389 requests for information about 33,634 users from July through December 2012.”
The report also details the legal processes used by American authorities making the requests.
• Sixty-eight percent of the requests were via subpoenas. These are requests for user-identifying information, issued under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and are the easiest to get because they typically don’t involve judges.
• Twenty-two percent were through ECPA search warrants. These are, generally speaking, orders issued by judges under ECPA, based on a demonstration of “probable cause” to believe that certain information related to a crime is presently in the place to be searched.
• The remaining 10 percent were mostly court orders issued under ECPA by judges or other processes that are difficult to categorize.
Google complied with 88 percent of requests from authorities made by subpoena or search warrant.
“We’ll keep looking for more ways to inform you about government requests and how we handle them,” Salgado says. “We hope more companies and governments themselves join us in this effort by releasing similar kinds of data.”
Click here to read the complete report. Unlike previous reports, Google has opted to release data about requests for content removal separately. That report is to be released in the coming days.
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Phone thieves and nosy friends beware: a new app has been released to catch you in action.
Lookout Mobile Security has released an update of its Lookout app to include a Lock Cam that snaps a picture of anyone trying to access a protected Smartphone.
“Lock Cam is a free feature that notifies you if anyone tries to access your device, whether it has been stolen, or if someone else may be trying to take a peek when you’re not around,” reads the company’s blog.
“Lock Cam takes a picture of anyone who enters an incorrect password three times into your Android lock screen with the front-facing camera on your device. You’ll then receive an email with the picture and the location of your device, giving you valuable information about who tried to access your device and where it happened. You can then use this information to take steps to further protect your device, like changing or strengthening your password.”
So far, Lock Cam is only available in English. It is rolling out to users this week. Premium users will have immediate access to Lock Cam. Then it is simply a matter of going to ‘settings’ in the app to ensure advanced protection and Lock Cam are enabled.
The new feature will only work on devices with front-facing cameras running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or above.
Premium users can also add a customized message of up to 300 characters to the Lookout Lock screen of their phones. If the phone is the lost, the new feature gives the person who finds it the information he or she needs to return it.
Simply log into Lookout.com from another Smartphone or computer, click the ‘missing device tab’ and select ‘lock.’
The new version of Lookout can be downloaded from Google Play.
To see the app in action, check out the video below from Lookout Mobile Security.
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