BusinessWeek: During the last six months of 2009, government agencies requested user data from Google and YouTube more than 10,000 times. The highest number of requests, 3,663, came from Brazilian authorities, and the U.S. came in second with 3,580 requests.
While the company admits that most of these requests "are valid and the information needed is for legitimate criminal investigations," Google believes greater transparency is necessary. With that in mind, it has launched a new Web page with a map detailing government requests for data and government requests for content removal. The new site does not show how often Google complies with these requests, but it says it hopes to add the information soon.