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We receive requests from the Telecommunications Communication Presidency of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority in Turkey to remove content for allegedly violating law no. 5816 on crimes against Atatürk.

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Explore requests from July to December 2014

Request: We received a Turkish court order addressed to Google to delist 3 reputable US newspaper articles from Google Search for defamation. According to the articles, the plaintiff was arrested and put in jail after attempting to cash a forged check. His mother, also a plaintiff, was arrested for fraud.

Outcome: We removed 5 docs for violation of the Google Drive program policies.

Removal requests from July to December 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 370

Total items requested for removal: 1249

Compliance rates in July to December 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 32%

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: 50%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 56% 207
Privacy and Security 19% 72
Obscenity/Nudity 8% 31
Government Criticism 5% 18
National Security 5% 17
Drug Abuse 2% 8
Reason Unspecified 1% 5
Suicide Promotion 1% 3
Other 1% 3
Trademark 1% 2
Impersonation 0% 1
Copyright 0% 1
Hate Speech 0% 1
Religious Offense 0% 1

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