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Explore requests from July to December 2014

Request: An automotive company requested the removal of 12 Blogger blog posts from a self-proclaimed whistleblower related to safety and security of their products, citing attorney-client privilege.

Outcome: We pushed back on the request as the court order cited did not cover the specific blog posts in question.

Removal requests from July to December 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 406

Total items requested for removal: 2030

Compliance rates in July to December 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 58%

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: 60%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 73% 297
Other 12% 47
Privacy and Security 5% 19
Trademark 4% 17
Bullying/Harassment 3% 12
Copyright 1% 6
Reason Unspecified 1% 3
Impersonation 0% 2
Adult Content 0% 2
Violence 0% 1

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