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Explore requests from January to June 2016

Request: We received a removal request from the government to remove a YouTube video which contained audio allegedly recorded within a prison. The request cited the Offender Management Act 2007

Outcome: We did not remove the content.

Request: We received a defamation request from the Embassy of Israel to delist a blog post from Google Search claiming a former Ambassador to the United Kingdom engaged in inappropriate sexual relations.

Outcome: We delisted the URL from the google.co.uk domain.

Removal requests from January to June 2016

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 539

Total items requested for removal: 4358

Compliance rates in January to June 2016


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 77.0%

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: 83.0%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2016

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Privacy and Security 43% 230
National Security 29% 155
Violence 22% 118
Defamation 2% 12
Other 1% 7
Obscenity/Nudity 1% 5
Bullying/Harassment 1% 5
Copyright 0% 2
Business Complaints 0% 1
Trademark 0% 1
Reason Unspecified 0% 1
Government Criticism 0% 1
Geographical Dispute 0% 1

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