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Explore requests from July to December 2013

Request: We received an order from a court in Spain to remove a blog post accusing judges of corruption and abuse of power. The order was issued by a court in the same city and regional court system as the judges accused of corruption in the blog.

Outcome: We removed the blog post from the domain.

Removal requests from July to December 2013

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 68

Total items requested for removal: 130

Compliance rates in July to December 2013


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 26%

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: 12%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2013

Reason % Total Removals
Privacy and Security 43% 29
Defamation 19% 13
Reason Unspecified 12% 8
Copyright 7% 5
Other 4% 3
Bullying/Harassment 3% 2
Trademark 3% 2
Adult Content 3% 2
National Security 3% 2
Obscenity/Nudity 1% 1
Hate Speech 1% 1

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