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Govt. Agencies Step Up Push For Access To Online Data

Australian law enforcement agencies have been stepping up their demands for access to user online data, according to a Google report.

The latest edition of Google’s Transparency Report, which tracks government requests for access to data across the globe, shows that in the second half of 2015 Australian government agencies made 1258 requests for user data, linked to 1529 accounts.

Google produced data in response to 70 percent of those requests, apparently turning down the other instances.

The company notes that this latest tally of Australian requests was up 28 percent on figures for the first half of 2015, and up a whacking 43 percent on information sought by government agencies in H2 2014.

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