Google released a tool this week that reveals the number of data requests it receives from governments, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. During the six-month period ending December 31, 2009, the Australian government requested user data from Google on 155 occasions. According to the company, the tool is part of an overall effort toward increased transparency. The governments that made the most requests for user information during the six-month period were Brazil, the United States and Great Britain, respectively. Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis told ABC News that she welcomes the list, noting that it "adds transparency of how and when people's personal information may be disclosed."
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