Google will charge law enforcement and government agencies to access user data

Google | January 26, 2020

Google will charge law enforcement and government agencies to access user data
Google has begun charging law enforcement for access to user data, according to a report by the New York Times. The company is levying fees of $45 for a subpoena, $60 for a wiretap, and $245 for a search warrant, according to documents reviewed by the NYT. The company receives a high volume of requests from law enforcement agencies to hand over data about its users and has therefore decided to bring in charges to “offset the costs” of compiling this data. According to the report, Google is legally allowed to levy these charges but traditionally big technology companies have handed over data without any charges.

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On 26 June 2014 the Senate referred the adequacy of arrangements to prevent the entry and establishment of invasive species likely to harm Australia’s environment to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report. The Committee’s report, released on 13 May 2015, made 26 recommendations and included a minority report by the Australian Greens which made a further eight recommendations.