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Top 10 countries requesting user data from tech companies

By Jesse
Jun 13, 2013
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  1. Guess what. The United States is at the top of the charts among countries who make the most user data requests to tech companies. Surprising, right? Reuters compiled 2012 transparency report data from Google, Microsoft, Skype, and Twitter to find the top...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Guru Posts: 875   +130

    I'm guessing China's not on the list because it doesn't make "requests". Also, not accounting for population absolutely makes this unsurprising.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,787   +539

    Should come as no surprise that China, North Korea, and a number of countries with enforced regime on security do not make requests for it because they own the security. The list only includes countries that practice democracy.
  4. Is Turkey still a democracy? I guess it is - on paper...
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,971   +1,486

    So is the US.
    Kezhen Gao and VitalyT like this.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,787   +539

    The keyword is "practice", as opposed to "have".
  7. Who the hell rules the US? of course not the ppl
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Booster Posts: 380   +79

    Gues who? The government and the president.
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903   +99

    Glad I live in Canada, we don't even make the list. Probably because we don't have the same degree of entertainment business which is obviously in bed with the US government. A large portion of those request are towards search engines to block pages, you know the old Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1996 nonsense to see every now and then, basically making you a criminal without due cause and forcing search giants to remove you from their results. Now if only I could get this US BS to stop filtering my Canadian search results...
  10. Well when Canada is able to make something that the rest of the world wants, then they can do whatever they want with it as well. Be happy an American company allows you to use it. Now sit down and drink your chocolate milk.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,971   +1,486

    What arrogance! You should sit down and drink your chocolate milk as equals.
     


  12. Nice comeback, I hope you are not the best of what Canada has to offer. My original statement stands true.
  13. That is very arrogant and cocky. As the past as proven, invention and innovation is finest when countries work together. You think America has made the best things in the world? Well sorry buddy the whole world came together and created the internet. To this day they all still work together to innovate and keep the servers up and running around the globe.

    Touch screen Tech and web surfing design came from CERN and that is a massive project involving many scientists from around the world. It took united Europe to make it a reality and agreements with one of the worst team players in the world.

    America doesn't suck but you sure don't help with making America look any better to world with comments like these. Next time you comment don't drag your country into it.
  14. Kneep

    Kneep TS Rookie Posts: 40

    lol, you must be a yank :) We're the smarter, more reasonable and easy going ones on this continent :) Go Canada
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,971   +1,486

    Actually I'm American who wishes he wasn't. I see people for who they really are, equals. We all live and breath the same air.
  16. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Enthusiast Posts: 221   +19

    I would substitute Molson
  17. pmshah

    pmshah TS Rookie Posts: 81

    Only thing that US makes that the rest of the world wants are the killing machines. US wants them to take by force what does not belong to them. Rest of the world wants it to defend against such US acts.
  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,048   +75

    Unfortunately in many countries (some developed ones as well) democracy is nothing but a 'farce' or an 'illusion' created to make people believe that they are in control, but in reality, they are not.
    Leo Martin Lim likes this.
  19. teribithia

    teribithia TS Rookie

    Where is China? China's GREAT FIRE WALL is so famous.
  20. USA is a very paranoid country. Terrorism my ***. If there's one, they deserve it after what they've did.
    Leo Martin Lim likes this.
  21. Elected by the people. In other words, people rules the US by proxy.
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,971   +1,486

    You mean the choices we usually have selecting between two or three morons?


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