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Google charging government for user data requests

Google will now charge for government agency requests for user data.

The tech giant - which has reportedly being receiving an increasing number of information requests - has put a price tag on data like location tracking, emails and search queries.

According to the New York Times, the company will now charge $45 for a subpoena, $60 for a wiretap and $245 for a search warrant.

In a statement to CNET, a Google spokesperson added: "Statutes like [the Electronic Communications Privacy Act] contemplate that communication service providers will seek reimbursement for their costs of complying with warrants and subpoenas.

"We seek these types of reimbursements, but will waive costs in cases involving child safety and life-threatening emergencies."

Although Google is legally allowed to charge agencies, many tech firms have previously passed on such data for free.

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