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Requests by the numbers

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Removal requests from January to June 2016

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 590

Total items requested for removal: 2038

Compliance rates in January to June 2016


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 42.0%

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: 69.0%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2016

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 74% 437
Fraud 9% 56
Privacy and Security 3% 20
Trademark 3% 20
Copyright 3% 18
Other 3% 15
Bullying/Harassment 2% 14
Violence 1% 6
Obscenity/Nudity 0% 1
Reason Unspecified 0% 1
Drug Abuse 0% 1
Geographical Dispute 0% 1

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