How can I get a mortgage while waiting for Federal Government to finalize my retirement payment?

Question by Scott: How can I get a mortgage while waiting for Federal Government to finalize my retirement payment? I retired from the Federal Government in May and have moved to a new state. I want to buy a house but have no documentation on what my retirement income will be. I have the estimates […]

Why is the government and the American lung cancer society pushing nicotine replacement products?

Question by Kenneth: Why is the government and the American lung cancer society pushing nicotine replacement products? Instead of the best way to quit smoking which is cold turkey. Devices such as patches, gum, losenges, e-cigs do not address the root cause of the addiction which is nicotine addiction. This is the same fallacy which […]

Google’s approach to government requests for user data

Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, when the world recognizes the importance of preserving your online privacy and security. If it’s like most other days, Google—like many companies that provide online services to users—will receive dozens of letters, faxes and emails from government agencies and courts around the world requesting access to our users’ […]

Would taxes be necessary if your local, state, or federal government were incuring yearly surpluses?

Question by someguy: Would taxes be necessary if your local, state, or federal government were incuring yearly surpluses? When total government revenues (taxes, investments, tolls, fees, etc.) are considered, taxes make up only one third of the income stream. Best answer: Answer by CarVolunteer”When total government revenues (taxes, investments, tolls, fees, etc.) are considered, taxes […]

Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise

We think it’s important to shine a light on how government actions could affect our users. When we first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn’t much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web. So we took our first step toward greater transparency by […]

More transparency into government requests

About two years ago, we launched our interactive Transparency Report. We started by disclosing data about government requests. Since then, we’ve been steadily adding new features, like graphs showing traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. And just a couple weeks ago, we launched a new section showing the requests we get […]