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Explore requests from July to December 2014

Request: We received a request from a former elected official in the United Kingdom to remove a Google Groups posting for alleged defamation. The posting restated the content of a Telegraph article about a finances scandal. The news article is still live.

Outcome: We did not remove the posting.

Request: We received a request from national authorities to remove an Islamic State propaganda video from Google Drive in accordance with national anti-terrorism laws.

Outcome: We removed the content in question 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: 60

Total items requested for removal: 167

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: 34%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 33% 20
Other 20% 12
Privacy and Security 17% 10
Government Criticism 10% 6
Copyright 5% 3
Obscenity/Nudity 3% 2
Bullying/Harassment 3% 2
Violence 3% 2
National Security 3% 2
Reason Unspecified 2% 1

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