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Explore requests from January to June 2015

Request: We received a court order from the state of New York where the government of Kazakhstan sued 100 unnamed individuals ("Does 1-100 Inclusive"). The lawsuit resulted in an order to remove Blogger content that appears to be political speech criticizing government officials. The order did not clearly specify the Blogger posts in question and was directed at the individuals, not Google.

Outcome: We pushed back for more information to request clarification on how the plaintiff attempted to serve 100 unnamed individuals with notice that they were facing legal action.

Removal requests from January to June 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 286

Total items requested for removal: 1546

Compliance rates in January to June 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 86%

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: 71%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 63% 181
Other 18% 52
Privacy and Security 6% 18
Bullying/Harassment 3% 10
Copyright 3% 8
Trademark 3% 8
Reason Unspecified 2% 6
Impersonation 1% 2
Suicide Promotion 0% 1

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