Google has issued a transparency report detailing requests by law enforcement for user data. For the first time, the report includes a breakdown of the types of legal process used to compel companies to hand over user data.
Requests for user data are up 70% from 2009.
For the last 6 months of 2012:
- 68 percent of the requests were made through subpoenas. (That is all that is required to obtain user-identifying information)
- 22 percent were through ECPA search warrants. "These are, generally speaking, orders issued by judges under ECPA, based on a demonstration of “probable cause” to believe that certain information related to a crime is presently in the place to be searched."
- The remaining 10 percent were mostly court orders issued under ECPA by judges or other processes that are difficult to categorize.
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Google is seeking to hire in a wide range of fields. They are now using psychological profiling, called an algorithm, to weed through candidates.
I love taking psychological profiles. I clicked on their job offerings to see what I might be qualified for, just so I could take the test.
The answer was none. There isn't a single job offering out of hundreds, legal or non-legal related, domestic or international, for which I even remotely have the stated skills.
Maybe you will have better luck. Factoid: If you land a job in their home office of Mountain View, CA, the head chef at the company cafeteria used to cook for the Grateful Dead.
Memo to Google: Think outside the box. Rather than look for people who can sell your product, look for people who can enhance your product.
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