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Explore requests from July to December 2014

Request: We received a third-party court order to delist a reputable news article from Google Search about a French businessman who was accused of running a fraudulent olive oil company and not properly compensating artisans. The court ruled the article defamatory, finding that the news source did not conduct its investigation into the facts with due diligence and used aggressive terms to describe the complainant.

Outcome: We delisted the link to the article from domain.

Removal requests from July to December 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 167

Total items requested for removal: 2925

Compliance rates in July to December 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 97%

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: 38%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Privacy and Security 87% 145
Defamation 8% 14
Bullying/Harassment 2% 3
Other 1% 2
Adult Content 1% 2
Copyright 1% 1

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