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Requests by the numbers

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Removal requests from July to December 2013

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 132

Total items requested for removal: 366

Compliance rates in July to December 2013


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 42%

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: 47%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2013

Reason % Total Removals
Defamation 22% 29
Privacy and Security 21% 28
Bullying/Harassment 14% 18
Other 14% 18
Violence 9% 12
Trademark 8% 10
Adult Content 3% 4
National Security 3% 4
Copyright 2% 3
Obscenity/Nudity 2% 3
Reason Unspecified 2% 2
Suicide Promotion 1% 1

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