CNS - American government agencies – state, local, and federal -- made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google.
The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted
information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the
first year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes
because government agencies request information on multiple users or accounts at the same time.