Public Policy

  • Resounding support for updating electronic privacy laws

    … Today, the House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) by voice vote. This is the second year in a row that the House of Representatives has resoundingly passed this bill, which is a testament to its widespread support across the political spectrum. The Email Privacy Act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act…

    The Official Google Blog- 13 readers -
  • Reflecting on Google's GNI Engagement

    … available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) Google has received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations. Our goal in doing so is to shed more light on the nature and scope of these requests. We’ve also supported policy efforts to ensure that the privacy interests of non-U.S. persons…

    The Official Google Blog- 14 readers -
  • Reflecting on Google's GNI Engagement

    … available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) Google has received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations. Our goal in doing so is to shed more light on the nature and scope of these requests. We’ve also supported policy efforts to ensure that the privacy interests of non-U.S. persons…

    The Official Google Blog- 13 readers -
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  • Reflecting on Google's GNI Engagement

    … available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) Google has received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations. Our goal in doing so is to shed more light on the nature and scope of these requests. We’ve also supported policy efforts to ensure that the privacy interests of non-U.S. persons…

    The Official Google Blog- 13 readers -
  • Sharing National Security Letters with the Public

    … In our continued effort to increase transparency around government demands for user data, today we begin to make available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) we have received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations. We previewed this back in October when we updated our…

    The Official Google Blog- 11 readers -
  • The nature of water: unveiling the most detailed view of water on Earth

    … available in Google Earth Engine for further research, use, and download. These new maps, statistics and the stories of change they reveal provide essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning, disaster preparedness, public health, climate understanding and more, offering the most detailed view to date of one of our planet’s most vital resources. With contributions from Alan Belward, Andrew Cottam and Jean-François Pekel, Joint Research Centre, European Commission …

    The Official Google Blog- 14 readers -
  • Building on Surveillance Reform

    … Today, we've updated our Transparency Report on government requests for user data. Globally, we received 44,943 government requests for information regarding 76,713 accounts during the first half of 2016. We provided user information in response to 64% of those requests, which remains unchanged from the previous reporting period (i.e. the second…

    The Official Google Blog- 15 readers -
  • Bring Back the Ozone Hole

    … in the Earth’s atmosphere. By 1985, CFCs had effectively blown a massive “ozone hole” over Antarctica. A single scientific paper noted the threat, and subsequent press pickup engendered a “hot crisis” — the public perceived a clear and present threat, and as a result, we demanded a cohesive government response. The narrative was easy to understand: Ozone…

    John Battelle's Search Blog- 13 readers -
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