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Explore requests from January to June 2014

Request: We received a request from an officer in the Indian Police Service to remove 9 search results linking to news articles that report on accusations of his sexual misconduct with a tribal woman.

Outcome: We did not remove the search results.

Removal requests from January to June 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 295

Total items requested for removal: 535

Compliance rates in January to June 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 11%

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: 8%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 33% 96
Other 22% 65
Reason Unspecified 8% 25
Adult Content 7% 22
Obscenity/Nudity 6% 18
Impersonation 6% 17
Religious Offense 5% 15
Privacy and Security 5% 14
Bullying/Harassment 3% 8
Government Criticism 2% 6
National Security 1% 3
Copyright 1% 2
Electoral Law 0% 1
Suicide Promotion 0% 1
Trademark 0% 1
Hate Speech 0% 1

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