Google started taking advantage of law enforcement requests for user data this month as the search giant announced that it would start charging fees to law enforcement authorities for disclosure requests legal data, such as subpoenas and research notes relating to its users, according to a newspaper report published by the New York Times.
The company receives thousands of petitions from authorities each year, so it has decided to charge a fee to help offset the costs of producing information, and Google has sent a notice to law enforcement officials, announcing the new fees, which came into effect on January 13.
These fees are legal because federal law allows companies to collect payment fees for these requests, which is not new to Google, as Google has in the past imposed fees to respond to requests for legal data, and Google is not the only company to charge a fee for this work.
A Google spokesperson told the New York Times that the company had not charged regular fees for these requests for several years, and the search giant received more than 26,000 requests in the first half of 2019. data disclosure in the United States, as well as more than 11 thousand requests. To keep the data.
Requests and prices
The Google Certified payment notification to law enforcement officials listed the following prices for various data requests:
- Summons to court: $ 45.
- Order: $ 150.
- Research Note: $ 245.
- Opposition and follow-up order: $ 60.
- Direct debit order: $ 60.
The company’s spokesperson told the newspaper: Google will not charge fees for requests in certain cases, including child safety investigations and life-threatening emergencies.
Law enforcement can obtain all types of information about Google users, even if the information provided by the company depends on the legal request submitted, and according to Google, local and federal government agencies can request access to information. created in the past or created information in real-time.
Summons, for example, reveal information created in the past, so that they can ask Google to disclose the name given by the user when creating a Gmail email account as well as the IP addresses used to create accounts, log in and log out.