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THE French authorities remain one of the keenest when it comes to the surveillance of the online lives of their citizens, according to Google.

The search engine's bi-annual transparency report showed for the first half of 2012, the French authorities made 1,546 requests for user date, and Google complied with 44% of them.

This compares to a figure of 1,404 for the period from July to December 2011, and amongst European countries France currently makes the most requests just ahead of Germany.

Legal demands are also made of Google to remove items from its search results, various blog and forum posts and items such as YouTube videos.

In response to a court order, Google removed 992 search results that allegedly violated the privacy of an individual.

And overall the number of content removal requests received by Google increased by 132% compared to the previous reporting period.

Looking at the worldwide figures Google was pretty blunt in what they believe the stats show.

"This is the sixth time we've released this data, and one trend has become clear: government surveillance is on the rise," Google said.

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