back to article Russia leads the world in one thing – number of content-removal demands to Google

Google has published its semi-annual set of stats revealing how many content takedown requests it receives from courts and governments worldwide. The tech giant said in a blog post it is open to takedown requests but vets them to ensure a local law has been violated. "Because we value access to information, we work to …

  1. pavel.petrman

    Re "being exploited to ... gain greater access to private data"

    The sad thing is that the main purpose of the Internet today seems to be the race to the bottom in gaining access to private data. The sadder still thing is that everyone seems to be doing because everyone else is doing it - apart from a few companies who can really put the data in use (and fewer still who have a legitimate interest to do so), almost everyone is trying to amass personal data just for the sake of it. And it's only a matter of time before said data gets stolen or misused.

  2. ThatOne Silver badge

    > Internet today seems to be the race to the bottom in gaining access to private data

    It's not specifically Internet. The general idea everywhere, online and offline, is to make money, and for the marketing goons living in their ivory towers collecting private data seems to be the perfect way, like spamming their clients silly seemed to be the perfect way 20 years ago...

    Those people are sociopaths, obsessed with making a profit any way possible without risking too big a fine.

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