The American Civil Liberties Union welcomes Google's new tool that will track and display the number of government requests the company receives world wide, country by country, according to an ACLU article.

This is Google's attempt to shine light on how often governments around the world request user information (and content removal) from the website, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU has called for this type of disclosure for years and we applaud Google for taking this important first step to help Congress and the American people understand what's really going on and why it's time to demand a privacy upgrade that includes more transparency around when and how the government demands information from Google.

Read the full post from the ACLU's Blog of Rights.

Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, said Google's new tool is a step in the right direction:

"With this tool, Google has shed an important and much-needed spotlight on government use of online information. Americans for too long have been kept in the dark about how their private information is stored, used and shared. It is our hope that this tool will help Americans to better understand the relationship between private companies and our government.

"The ACLU has called for this type of disclosure for years and believes it should be mandatory as part of any reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Congress should make updating the law a priority so that other companies will fall in line with Google and allow for greater transparency when it comes to the government's requests for our information."

More information on the ACLU's work with online privacy can be found at: dotrights.org and aclu.org/ecpa

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