US law enforcement agents request more information from Google than any other nation in the world. Why bother to build a China-style firewall when you can just snoop on google searches to find naughty citizens?
Between January and June 2011, U.S. law enforcement agents made 5,950 requests for data about Google users. That was not only by far the highest reported total — India was second with 1,739 — it was a 29% increase over the previous 6 month period. So our government not only demands more information from Google than anyone else in the world, they’re continuing to ramp up these demands.