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Explore requests from July to December 2013

Request: We received a request from a police officer to remove two news articles from search results about a police shooting of a young man.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to this request because we were unable to precisely identify the offending content in the articles.

Removal requests from July to December 2013

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 19

Total items requested for removal: 20

Compliance rates in July to December 2013

 

Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 50%

Note that frequently court orders included with requests do not compel Google to take any action. Rather, they often result from a dispute with a third party and are submitted by the requesting user as evidence to support their claim that we should remove the content.

Google’s compliance rate for requests from government agencies or law enforcement: 22%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2013

Reason % Total Removals
Defamation 42% 8
Other 26% 5
Privacy and Security 21% 4
National Security 5% 1
Bullying/Harassment 5% 1

Breakdown of all of the requests we received during the reporting period.