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Requests by the numbers

We receive lists of URLs from BPjM (BPjM-Modul), a federal government youth protection agency in Germany, for sites that contain content that violates German youth protection law, like content touting Nazi memorabilia, extreme violence or adult content, and we may remove those search results from

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Explore requests from January to June 2014

Request: We received a request from the Minister of Justice of the Federal State Rheinland Pfalz to remove an image from Image Search on depicting him as a supporter of Islamic Sharia law in Germany.

Outcome: We did not remove content.

Removal requests from January to June 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 151

Total items requested for removal: 584

Compliance rates in January to June 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 76%

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: 37%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 56% 85
Hate Speech 15% 22
Privacy and Security 13% 19
Violence 7% 10
Trademark 5% 7
Other 3% 4
Copyright 1% 2
Bullying/Harassment 1% 1
Reason Unspecified 1% 1

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