Google Shares Request Numbers It Receives From FBI

Posted on Mar 6 2013 - 5:17am by Editorial Staff

Google today shared some big-but-different numbers, indicating that how many National Security Letter requests the search giant received from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The company says that it takes the following steps when it receives law enforcement requests:

  • scrutinize them carefully to ensure they satisfy the law and our policies;
  • seek to narrow requests that are overly broad;
  • notify users when appropriate so they can contact the entity requesting the information or consult a lawyer; and
  • require that government agencies use a search warrant if they’re seeking search query information or private content, like Gmail and documents, stored in a Google Account.


Counting on the numbers, since from 2009, Google received between 0-999 National Security Letter requests while in recent years, the letter it received usually asked the company for providing the information on 1,000-2,000 users, though 2,000-2,999 accounts were specified in 2010.

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