As everyone probably know, Google became the giant of data minig, today, it owns the biggest users data base ever made, with traces stored on computer servers, Google knows everything that a user has made over the last 9 months: this includes Web searches, emails, navigation, but also places of connection or the configuration of the computer. These data are very useful for governments investigations, when it come to national security or crime enforcement, Google receives requests for data disclosure from authorities, sometime they are able to refuse the request, and sometimes they agree to do so. Google has recently released a map of government requests to its services. it shows the number of requests for access to private data and the number of requests to delete content that it has received from each government.
Peter Fleischer (Google advisor for personal data) stated "We want more transparency" at the presentation of the page "Government Requests" at the Paris headquarters. Now we all agree on the fact that this is a good policy and it is nice to know that such a data mining giant as Google agreed to give these kind of information ( I personally find it a little bit ironic), but it seems that the transparency has reached its limit as some journalists pointed that few far east countries very known for their very drastic policy of censorship were not present in the map, the only answer given was "We could not evaluate, really".