wondering about "request" Because to me request doesn't sound like a demand.
It's more like holding out one's hand, and if Google were to slap the papers of data from those requests in the government's hand without an actual demand (i.e. warrant) to do so, obviously that means Google handed over information wilfully and set themselves up for litigation.
To me this is just a ploy to reinforce this image that Google cares extensively about privacy and/or rights.
Politicians realized from business that marketing is sufficient over quality, which is why politicians try and market their personalities rather than the quality of their work.