Google’s new tool to reveal requests for censorship and user data

Internet giant Google introduced a tool on Tuesday that reveals the requests made by the government agencies around the world for user data and content removal.

This is the first time that Google is providing such a detailed data on censorship and data requests being made by government agencies.

The development emerged following a group of government officials criticized the company over the way it handles user privacy. On Monday, privacy commissioners from countries including France, Canada and the UK had sent a letter to Google, chastising it over privacy.

However, Google’s disclosure tool, an online country map, will not include data from China where numerating the requests is considered as an illegal activity.

Google's chief legal officer David Drummond said that the majority of requests were made to gain information required for legitimate criminal investigations or for the deduction of child pornography.

Speaking on the topic, he added, "We believe that greater transparency will lead to less censorship.”

Google will also disclose demands to remove material from its other services such as YouTube.