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Explore requests from January to June 2015

Request: Following a protest at Google Mumbai office regarding the appearance in Google Search of allegedly obscene and defamatory photos of Shri Balasaheb Thackrey, founder of the regional political party Shiv Sena, we received a request from police to delist pages containing the photos.

Outcome: We delisted the URLs from under local obscenity laws.

Removal requests from January to June 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 227

Total items requested for removal: 1037

Compliance rates in January to June 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 41%

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: 6%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 30% 69
Reason Unspecified 23% 52
Other 20% 45
Obscenity/Nudity 6% 14
Religious Offense 6% 14
Adult Content 5% 11
Privacy and Security 4% 9
Copyright 2% 4
Impersonation 1% 3
Bullying/Harassment 1% 3
Hate Speech 1% 2
Trademark 0% 1

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