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

Google | January 26, 2020

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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This report provides the context by which risks related to dams and dam failure are managed in South Carolina, with some implications nationwide.

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This report provides the context by which risks related to dams and dam failure are managed in South Carolina, with some implications nationwide.

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Tyler Technologies | October 12, 2022

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Consensus' ECFax Digital Cloud Faxing Solution Achieves Veterans Affairs ATO in Partnership with Federal Contractor, Cognosante

Cognosante | November 11, 2022

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Esri | September 20, 2022

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