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U.S. government begs Google for user data

Google Inc. said the number of U.S. government requests for user data jumped 37 percent to almost 11,000 in the first half of 2013, even as it lobbies the government to let it reveal more details from legal orders.

The U.S. made the most inquiries of any country, with 42 percent of the total for the period, according to the company’s transparency report. Google got 25,879 requests globally, up 24 percent from the first six months of last year and almost double the number from three years ago. Inquiries from the U.S. government have more than tripled since 2009.