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Requests by the numbers

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Removal requests from July to December 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 50

Total items requested for removal: 127

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 56%

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: 80%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Privacy and Security 46% 23
Defamation 26% 13
Other 14% 7
Copyright 4% 2
Obscenity/Nudity 4% 2
Reason Unspecified 4% 2
Trademark 2% 1

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