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India ranks 2nd in accessing Internet user’s private details

Posted by on November 15, 2012 0 Comment

India is second only to the United States in the world for accessing its citizen’s private details, according to newest data released by Google.

The internet search giant’s latest transparency report revealed that India authorities made 2,319 requests involving 3,467 users during the first six months of this year.

With 7,969 requests, the United States retained the top spot in the list of countries that access private details of its citizens. Brazil emerged at the third spot, with 1,566 requests.

Policy Director Pranesh Prakash, of Bangalore-based Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), said that the latest data showed that government surveillance on Internet users was on the rise.

Speaking on the topic, Prakash added, “India lacks a general privacy law that helps set guidelines for such user requests, despite privacy being a constitutional right as part of the right to life.”

Taken all government of the world together, a total of 20,938 requests were made for user data during the January to June period.

The governments asked for private data like your Gmail account, Orkut profile, chat logs, and search terms. Google prepare these transparency reports every six months.

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