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UK drops to second place in the league table of governments spying on their citizens.

A BBC News article today on the Google Transparency report reminded me of a piece I wrote back in 2010 on the same subject where the UK came out on top for countries spying on their citizens when population size was taken into account.

Today’s report shows however that the UK has slipped to second place behind Hong Kong clearly demonstrating that this government is not serious about terrorism and needs to do more – that last bit being clear sarcasm on my behalf but, unfortunately, just what you would get from some Liebore talking head on the BBC.

Before I bore you with tables though, there is this little snippet from the article where a private company has intervened on our behalf without resorting to legal nicities and asked google to remove some videos because the private company suggests they are related to terrorism :

Google has revealed it removed about 640 videos from YouTube that allegedly promoted terrorism over the second half of 2011 after complaints from the UK’s Association of Chief Police Officers.

The news was contained in its latest Transparency Report which discloses requests by international authorities to remove or hand over material.

The firm said it terminated five accounts linked to the suspect videos.

Yes indeed – our good friends at ACPO who go around making deals and gentlemen’s agreements using their pets instead of resorting to the legal system everyone else has to abide by.

Anyway, enough ACPO nonsense, here is the latest user account requests sent to google by country with the UK is a safe 4th place :

Country User Data Requests
United States 6321
India 2207
Brazil 1615
United Kingdom 1455
Germany 1426
France 1404
Italy 844
Australia 444
Spain 388
South Korea 257
Poland 241
Taiwan 224
Hong Kong 202
Portugal 147
Argentina 141
Chile 117
Singapore 102
Belgium 99
Japan 90
Turkey 88
Hungary 73
Switzerland 69
Mexico 67
Russia 58
Israel 51
Norway 49
Canada 41
Netherlands 37

And here is the same data ranked by requests per million population with the UK now 2nd having been overtaken by tiny Hong Kong :

Country User Data Requests Population (millions) Requests per million
Hong Kong 202 7 28.86
United Kingdom 1455 62 23.47
France 1404 65.4 21.47
Singapore 102 5 20.40
United States 6321 310.3 20.37
Australia 444 22.5 19.73
Germany 1426 81.8 17.43
Italy 844 60.4 13.97
Portugal 147 10.6 13.87
Norway 49 4.8 10.21
Taiwan 224 23 9.74
Belgium 99 10.8 9.17
Switzerland 69 7.8 8.85
Spain 388 46 8.43
Hungary 73 10 7.30
Chile 117 17.1 6.84
Israel 51 7.6 6.71
Poland 241 38.2 6.31
South Korea 257 49.7 5.17
Argentina 141 40.5 3.48
Netherlands 37 16.6 2.23
India 2207 1200 1.84
Turkey 88 72.7 1.21
Canada 41 34.1 1.20
Brazil 1615 1935 0.83
Japan 90 127.4 0.71
Mexico 67 112.3 0.60
Russia 58 141.7 0.41

In case you are interested, here is how it looked in September 2010 :

Data Requests Population (million) Requests per million
UK 1343 62 21.7
Singapore 106 5 21.2
France 1017 65.4 15.6
US 4287 310.3 13.8
Italy 651 60.4 10.8
Australia 200 22.5 8.9
Germany 668 81.8 8.2
Spain 372 46 8.1
Hong Kong 50 7 7.1
Portugal 73 10.6 6.9
Chile 115 17.1 6.7
Belgium 71 10.8 6.6
Taiwan 130 23 5.7
South Korea 170 49.7 3.4
Argentina 134 40.5 3.3
Brazil 2435 1935 1.3
India 1430 1200 1.2
Japan 56 127.4 0.4
Total 13308 4074.5 3.3

 

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