A Proud Google Moment

Yes­ter­day, Google launched the Gov­ern­ment Requests tool.  The site shows the num­ber of requests for user data and con­tent removals that Google received from gov­ern­ments world­wide, from July through Decem­ber 2009.  Chief Legal Offi­cer David Drum­mond explains our moti­va­tion here (and also pub­lished an op-ed in the Wash­ing­ton Post on the sub­ject), but the gist is best sum­ma­rized in this sim­ple sen­tence:

We believe that greater trans­parency will lead to less cen­sor­ship.”

This is an impor­tant moment not only for Google, but also for our users and the rest of the indus­try.  I am proud to have helped gather much of the data for this project, and I look for­ward to see­ing other orga­ni­za­tions fol­low our lead.