Google Hands Over Wikileaks User’s Email to U.S. Government Without Warrant

From ReadWriteWeb:

“The contacts list and IP address data of Jacob Appelbaum, a WikiLeaks volunteer and developer for Tor (ed. Tor is an “onion” routing system designed to hide personally identifiable information) was given to the U.S. government after they requested it using a secret court order enabled by a controversial 1986 law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, according to the Wall Street Journal. The law allows the government to demand information from ISPs not only without a warrant, but without ever notifying the user.”

Obviously the effects here are chilling not just for the the millions of Google Gmail users, but for the many international companies that utilize Gmail for their corporate communications.

This is hardly the first time Google has given up a user’s private data when requested a government. Google’s own transparency report shows that from July to December of 2010, The United States requested user data 4,601 times, more than twice the number of any other country. Google complied with 94% of those requests, also much higher than any other country. There has been no update to the number of government requests for 2011, although the transparency report shows updated traffic data monthly.

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