Fedpol and the cantons are asking more and more information from Google

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Fedpol and the cantons are asking more and more information from Google


In 2019, the Swiss authorities made 1097 requests concerning 1787 accounts, in particular Gmail or YouTube, a figure in clear increase.



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Requests for information are made when a user’s data is necessary to clarify a case.


The Federal Office of Police (fedpol) and the cantons made more requests to Google last year for information about users. In total, Swiss authorities have made 1,097 requests to the Internet giant, according to its transparency report.

Fedpol submitted a total of 407 requests to Google in 2019. Most of its requests relate to child pornography (186 requests, 45.7%) and fraud (152, 37.3%), fedpol told Keystone -ATS, confirming information from “SonntagsBlick”.

Google responded to 83% of these requests

According to data published every six months by Google in its transparency report, Switzerland made 1097 requests, concerning 1787 accounts, in particular Gmail or YouTube, in 2019. A figure in clear increase compared to the previous year. Switzerland then made 634 requests. In the last six months of 2019, Google responded to 83% of these requests, compared to 75% in the first six months.

Requests for information are made when a user’s data is necessary to clarify a case. For example, when the offender is unknown but an email address is available, says fedpol.

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