February 6, 2020
According to this article in the New York Times, in the first half of 2019, Google received more than 75,000 requests for data from law enforcement on nearly 165,000 accounts worldwide, with one in three of those requests coming from the U.S.
With so many requests, Google is doing what any right-minded (and profit-driven) company would do under the circumstances: it is charging fees. Specifically: $45 for a subpoena, $60 for a wiretap, and $245 for a search warrant.
No known connection, but according to financial reports released last month, the valuation of Google’s parent company Alphabet topped $1 trillion for the first time.