Data from Google shows the number of requests for user information from law enforcement agencies are at an all time high.
The search giant said it had received 21,389 applications from government officers and the courts over the last six months of
2012. That is 17% up on the same period the previous year. The number of requests has risen over every half-year cycle since Google started publishing details three years ago.
Google said it handed over at least some data in 66% of the most recent
The US made more requests than any other country with 8,438 submissions. Google complied fully or partially with 88% of these. By contrast all of Turkey's 149 requests and Hungary's 95 applications were rejected outright.
The UK made
1,458 requests - a very slight rise on the same period in 2011. 70% of them resulted in some information being provided.