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Request to the google by the Govt to censor Information

For the first time, Google has published a country-wise list of the number of requests received from governments, seeking either removal of information or more details. The list is based on requests made to Google between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009.

As per the list, Google received maximum removal requests from Brazil (291), followed by Germany (188) and India (142). The number of request for removal of information from India was higher than that from the US (123).

"For Brazil and India, requests for content removal are high relative to other countries in part because of the popularity of our social networking website, Orkut. The majority of the Brazilian and Indian requests for removal of content from Orkut relate to alleged impersonation or defamation," Google said in a statement released late on Tuesday.

Other countries in the list are South Korea (64), the UK (59), Italy (57), Argentina (42), Spain (32), Australia (17) and Canada (16).

In terms of seeking data, Brazil is again at the top with 3,663 requests, while India is at the fourth place with 1,061 requests. India is behind the US (3,580) and the UK (1,166).

According to Google, other nations with maximum requests for the data were France (846), Italy (550), Germany (458), Spain (324), Australia (155), Argentina (98) and Poland (86).

In both lists, information about China has not been included since Chinese officials "consider censorship demands as state secrets", Google said.

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