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Explore requests from July to December 2015

Request: We received a court order to remove content from Google Search and YouTube showing hidden-camera footage about an extramarital affair of a mayor, a scandal that led to the introduction of a vote of no confidence by the city council.

Outcome: We delisted one URL from the domain and did not delist the remaining two URLS. We did not remove the YouTube videos as the content was no longer available.

Removal requests from July to December 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 37

Total items requested for removal: 217

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 74%

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: 83%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 49% 18
Privacy and Security 46% 17
National Security 3% 1
Reason Unspecified 3% 1

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