13,753 government requests for Google e-Mail data in 2012 – a new record – most without a warrant
Yea! Another record under Obama’s reign of terror. American government agencies made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, most of them without warrants. The total amount of users affected by this tyrannical government spying on GMail also smashed 2011’s record high.
Most of these 13,753 requests, 6,542 of 8,438 in the latter half of 2012 alone, were done without a search warrant, Google data show. Google did not make available any detailed data prior to June 2012, nor did it make available which requests came from the federal government and which came from state or local law enforcement agencies, when asked by CNSNews.com.
Google spokesman Chris Gaither said the company only started tracking which type of legal authority – subpoena, court order, or search warrant – was used in the latter half of 2012. Google issues biannual reports on the requests for user data it receives from government agencies from around the world, including ones in the U.S.
Google announced in June 2012 that it had 425 million active Gmail subscribers, making it the largest e-mail provider in the world. It also provides users the ability to store documents via its Google Drive service, phone service via Google Voice, YouTube, personal blogs via Blogger, as well as email hosting services for corporate clients through Gmail.