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Explore requests from July to December 2014

Request: We received a request on behalf of a man who had been involved in the investigation of an extortion plot with possible ties to Hezbollah, but was later acquitted. The request called for us to delist a number of news articles about the case from search results.

Outcome: We did not delist the URLs for reasons of public interest.

Removal requests from July to December 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 48

Total items requested for removal: 203

Compliance rates in July to December 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 38%

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: 75%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Other 48% 23
Defamation 31% 15
Privacy and Security 15% 7
Copyright 2% 1
Bullying/Harassment 2% 1
Government Criticism 2% 1

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