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How Google Cloud Response to Government Request

Google Cloud customers benefit from technology designed from security and reliability. How Google responses to requests from governments for user data?



In 2010, Google became the first tech company to provide regular transparency reports on government reports(transparencyreport.google.com) that the number of government inquiries for information about users and requests from google to remove content . Greater transparency helps ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of government requests. 


What is Government data request. 


Google receive requests for data from government agencies inside and outside the united states. Requests may be for information about the user of google services, such as the last time a user login, or for information about the content that is stored with Google, such as email messages. 


How Google Responds Government Data Requests 


Google reviews the Government data requests using 4 guidelines: 

  1. Respect for the privacy and security of data you store with Google underpins the approach to producing data in response to legal requests 

  2. Except in emergency situations involving a threat to life, it is Google policy to notify the customer before any information is disclosed unless such notification is prohibited by law. Google will provide delayed notices to users after a legal prohibition is lifted. 

  3. Google will, to the extent allowed by law and by the terms of requests , comply with a customer’s reasonable requests regarding his or her effort to oppose a request.

  4. For US government legal requests, if Google notifies the customer of the request and the customer subsequently files an objection to disclosure with the court and provides a copy of the object to Google, Google will not provide the data in response to the request if the objection is resolved in favor of the customer. Other jurisdictions may have different procedures and are handled on a case-by-case basis 



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