Every six months Google releases its “Transparency Report” and in the latest report it shows that in the six months to the end of June 2011, they received 135 requests from the UK Authorities for the removal of videos on the grounds of national security. Over the same period of time, Google revealed that the US authorities requested just one video removal on the same grounds.
In the same report, it is shown that the UK authorities also made 1,273 requests to Google to allow access to user data.
According to Dorothy Chou, who is a senior policy analyst at Google, she said;
“By sharing how many government requests for content removal and user data we receive from around the world, we hope to offer up some metrics to contribute to a public conversation about the laws that influence how people communicate online,”