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Requests by the numbers

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Removal requests from January to June 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 89

Total items requested for removal: 322

Compliance rates in January to June 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 61%

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: 45%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 24% 21
Privacy and Security 22% 20
Other 17% 15
Trademark 15% 13
Bullying/Harassment 8% 7
Obscenity/Nudity 4% 4
Copyright 3% 3
Violence 2% 2
National Security 2% 2
Reason Unspecified 1% 1
Hate Speech 1% 1

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