If the feds come knocking on Google's door asking for your data, what does Google do? It tries to strike a balance between protecting you and obeying the law. Here's how it works, according to Google's legal team:
- First Google makes sure the request for your info is actually legal.
- The company then analyzes how broad the request is. Asking for too much? Google will either outright refuse it, or ask that the agency making the inquiry narrow it.
- Google lets you know that someone is after your data, so you can seek legal counsel.
- Google requires a search warrant.
- And finally, Google has made information available online about how it handles these requests, in the name of transparency.
It's safe to assume that not every case is this cookie-cutter, but it's comforting to know that Google doesn't just sell you down the river. [Google Blog]