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Explore requests from January to June 2014

Request: We received a request from a public prosecutor asking us to remove a blog post about a judge involved in a corruption scheme.

Outcome: We did not remove the content, based on Marco Civil's disposition that a court order would be needed.

Request: We received a court order to remove content from Blogger and Web Search publishing comments criticizing a mayor.

Outcome: We removed 4 blog posts from and after losing our appeal.

Request: We received a court order to remove an entire blog pointing out problems and opinions related to the government administration of a Brazilian city.

Outcome: We tried to narrow the order down, and locally blocked 25 specific posts mentioned in the complaint, however, we did not succeed and eventually had to block the entire blog in Brazil.

Removal requests from January to June 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 342

Total items requested for removal: 1244

Compliance rates in January to June 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 73%

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: 23%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 58% 200
Privacy and Security 18% 63
Reason Unspecified 6% 20
Impersonation 5% 16
Other 4% 15
Electoral Law 2% 6
Government Criticism 2% 6
Copyright 1% 3
Obscenity/Nudity 1% 3
Hate Speech 1% 3
Bullying/Harassment 1% 2
Trademark 1% 2
Violence 0% 1
Drug Abuse 0% 1
Suicide Promotion 0% 1

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