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Explore requests from July to December 2013

Request: We received an order from a Brazilian court to remove one search result linking to a news article about a police investigation into corruption that allegedly involves a judge.

Outcome: We appealed to the Superior Court of Justice, which confirmed that we have no obligation to remove any content as Google is only an index.

Request: We received a court order to remove one blog post for allegedly accusing a congressman of nepotism.

Outcome: We removed the blog post from blogspot.com.br.

Request: We received a court order to remove a YouTube video that contained allegedly defamatory claims about the practices of a funeral home.

Outcome: We restricted the video from view in Brazil.

Request: We received an order from a Brazilian court to remove 14 blog posts for publishing allegedly defamatory information accusing a judge of corruption.

Outcome: We removed 10 blog posts from blogspot.com.br, but did not remove four posts for which we were not provided complete URLs.

Removal requests from July to December 2013

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 388

Total items requested for removal: 3562

Compliance rates in July to December 2013

 

Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 43%

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: 35%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2013

Reason % Total Removals
Defamation 62% 242
Privacy and Security 15% 59
Reason Unspecified 12% 46
Impersonation 2% 9
Other 2% 8
Trademark 1% 5
Electoral Law 1% 4
Bullying/Harrassment 1% 4
Government Criticism 1% 4
Copyright 1% 3
Hate Speech 1% 2
Violence 0% 1
Adult Content 0% 1

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