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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: 125

Total items requested for removal: 2658

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 92%

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 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 59% 74
Privacy and Security 22% 28
Bullying/Harassment 10% 12
Hate Speech 2% 3
Other 2% 3
National Security 2% 2
Copyright 1% 1
Violence 1% 1
Reason Unspecified 1% 1

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