Google released its sixth transparency report covering Jan-June 2012 and India has climbed to #2 position in terms of government requests to remove/block content.
From January to June 2012, Indian government made a total of 2,319 user data requests and 3,467 user account requests and Google complied with 64% of data requests.
In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts.
- Blogger received max number of requests, followed by Search, YouTube and Orkut.
- Privacy and Security reasons top the list followed by defamation and religious offense.
Indian government has been trying to gain control over the online chatter/social media tools and earlier is also muling over state-level social media control policies in the country.