European privacy requests for search removals

In a May 2014 ruling, Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González, the Court of Justice of the European Union found that individuals have the right to ask search engines like Google to remove certain results about them. The court decided that search engines must assess each individual’s request for removal and that a search engine can only continue to display certain results where there is a public interest in doing so. For more information about our process and the data we’re providing here, please visit our FAQ.

Data last updated: February 26, 2017

URL removal request totals

The graph below shows data on the percentages of URLs we have reviewed and processed. The figures on the right are based on the total number of requests received. These data date back to the launch of our official request process on May 29, 2014.

Total URLs that Google has evaluated for removal: 1,922,888 URLs

Total requests Google has received: 695,617 requests

Country:

Total URLs that individuals with relationships to this country have requested Google remove: 0 URLs

Total requests Google has received from this country: 0 requests

The graph reflects URLs that have been fully processed, while the figures above reflect the total evaluated. URLs that require more information or are pending review are not included in the graph.

Examples of requests we encounter

These are examples of requests we’ve received from individuals. In assessing each request, Google must consider the rights of the individual as well as public interest in the content.

United Kingdom

After we removed a news story about a minor crime, the newspaper published a story about the removal action. The Information Commissioner’s Office ordered us to remove the second story from search results for the individual’s name. We removed the page from search results for the individual's name.

United Kingdom

Belgium

An individual who was convicted of a serious crime in the last five years but whose conviction was quashed on appeal asked us to remove an article about the incident. We removed the page from search results for the individual's name.

Belgium

Hungary

A high ranking public official asked us to remove recent articles discussing a decades-old criminal conviction. We did not remove the articles from search results.

Hungary

Poland

A prominent business person asked us to remove articles about his lawsuit against a newspaper. We did not remove the articles from search results.

Poland

France

A priest convicted for possession of child sexual abuse imagery asked us to remove articles reporting on his sentence and banishment from the church. We did not remove the pages from search results.

France

Austria

A couple who was accused of business fraud asked us to remove articles about the crime. We did not remove the pages from search results.

Austria

Latvia

A political activist who was stabbed at a protest asked us to remove a link to an article about the incident. We have removed the page from search results for the victim's name.

Latvia

Germany

A teacher convicted for a minor crime over 10 years ago asked us to remove an article about the conviction. We have removed the pages from search results for the individual's name.

Germany

Sweden

A woman requested that we remove pages from search results showing her address. We have removed the pages from search results for her name.

Sweden

Italy

A woman requested that we remove a decades-old article about her husband’s murder, which included her name. We have removed the page from search results for her name.

Italy

Germany

A victim of rape asked us to remove a link to a newspaper article about the crime. We have removed the page from search results for the individual’s name.

Germany

Italy

We received multiple requests from a single individual who asked us to remove 20 links to recent articles about his arrest for financial crimes committed in a professional capacity. We did not remove the pages from search results.

Italy

United Kingdom

A media professional requested that we remove 4 links to articles reporting on embarrassing content he posted to the Internet. We did not remove the pages from search results.

United Kingdom

Italy

We received a request from a crime victim to remove 3 links that discuss the crime, which occurred decades ago. We have removed the pages from search results for her name.

Italy

United Kingdom

An individual asked us to remove links to articles on the internet that reference his dismissal for sexual crimes committed on the job. We did not remove the pages from search results.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

A doctor requested we remove more than 50 links to newspaper articles about a botched procedure. Three pages that contained personal information about the doctor but did not mention the procedure have been removed from search results for his name. The rest of the links to reports on the incident remain in search results.

United Kingdom

Netherlands

We received a request from an individual to remove over 50 links to articles and blog posts reporting on public outcry over accusations that he was abusing welfare services. We did not remove the pages from search results.

Netherlands

Italy

An individual asked us to remove a link to a page that had taken a self-published image and reposted it. The page has been removed from search results for her name.

Italy

Italy

An individual asked us to remove a link to a copy of an official state document published by a state authority reporting on the acts of fraud committed by the individual. We did not remove the page from search results.

Italy

United Kingdom

A man asked that we remove a link to a news summary of a local magistrate’s decisions that included the man’s guilty verdict. Under the UK Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, this conviction has been spent. We have removed the page from search results for his name.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

A public official asked us to remove a link to a student organization’s petition demanding his removal. We did not remove the page from search results.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

We received a request from a former clergyman to remove 2 links to articles covering an investigation of sexual abuse accusations while in his professional capacity. We did not remove the pages from search results.

United Kingdom

Belgium

An individual asked us to remove a link to an article covering a contest in which he participated as a minor. We have removed the page from search results for his name.

Belgium

Sites that are most impacted

The list below highlights the domains where we’ve removed the most URLs from search results.

  • www.facebook.com URLs removed: 16197
  • profileengine.com URLs removed: 10523
  • annuaire.118712.fr URLs removed: 9340
  • www.youtube.com URLs removed: 8295
  • groups.google.com URLs removed: 7760
  • twitter.com URLs removed: 7146
  • plus.google.com URLs removed: 6841
  • badoo.com URLs removed: 5283
  • www.wherevent.com URLs removed: 4992
  • www.192.com URLs removed: 4178