The U.S. government asked Google to hand over user data 6,321 times in the second half of 2011, an increase of 37 percent from the same period in 2010.
With 12,243 users and accounts specified, the U.S. had far more requests than any other country.
Google complied with the U.S. 93 percent of the time — the highest rate of compliance the company reported as part of a regular update to its “Transparency Report.”
(But Google doesn’t always hand over data. For instance, Google complied with none of Hungary’s and Russia’s requests, though each had fewer than 100.)
Google downplayed the U.S. hunger for user data. The report said, “The increase isn’t surprising, since each year we offer more products and services, and we have a larger number of users.” Google also noted that sometimes the U.S. asks for data on behalf of other governments.