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Transparency Report
Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from government agencies and courts around the world to remove content from our services. In this report, we disclose the number of requests we receive from each government in six-month periods with certain limitations.
Governments ask companies to remove content for many different reasons. For example, some content removals are requested due to allegations of defamation, while others are due to allegations that the content violates local laws prohibiting hate speech or adult content. Laws surrounding these issues vary by country, and the requests reflect the legal context of a given jurisdiction. We hope this tool will be helpful in discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of government requests.
Summary of All Requests
By Reporting Period
By Reason (since July 2010)
Notable ObservationsJanuary to June 2012
Argentina
 
We received a court order to remove 120 search results for linking to sites that allegedly reference individuals. We did not remove content in response to this request because the URLs listed did not reference the individuals cited in the order.
Australia
 
We received a request from a state government agency to remove a YouTube video of statements made against members of law enforcement. We did not remove the video.
Brazil
 
We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove seven blog posts for allegedly defaming the honor of a local mayor, judge and police chief of the Pará State. We did not remove content in response to this request.
We received a court order to remove 860 orkut profiles for impersonation. We removed 834 of the profiles, which fell within the scope of the order.
We received a court order to remove 815 search results for linking to images and sites that reference an individual. We removed 207 of the search results, which fell within the scope of the order.
China
 
We received a request from a provincial land bureau to remove a search result for linking to a site that allegedly defames a government official. We did not remove content in response to this request.
Google Sites was inaccessible during this reporting period, beginning on October 11, 2009.
YouTube was inaccessible during this reporting period, beginning on March 23, 2009. [Source: New York Times]
France
 
In response to a court order, we removed 992 search results that allegedly violated the privacy of an individual.
We received a request from legal representatives of a former politician to remove a blog post that allegedly defames him by explaining his connections with the pharmaceutical lobby. We did not remove the blog post.
The number of content removal requests we received increased by 132% compared to the previous reporting period.
Germany
 
In response to a court order, we removed eight search results for linking to sites allegedly defaming a politician's wife.
Separately, we received a court order to remove 111 search results for linking to sites that allegedly contain trademark infringing material. We did not remove content in response to this request because the specified URLs did not relate to the reason for removal cited in the court order.
We received a request from the BPjM (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) to remove a YouTube video that contained explicit language in reference to the police. We restricted the YouTube video from view in accordance with local laws. We also received two requests from the youth protection agency Jugendschutz.net to remove 316 videos for allegedly violating the German Children and Young Persons Act as well as other local laws. We restricted the majority of the videos from view in Germany in accordance with local laws.
The number of content removal requests we received increased by 140% compared to the previous reporting period.
Hong Kong
 
We received a request from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department to remove 370 YouTube videos for containing allegedly copyright infringing material. We did not remove content in response to this request because the notice was incomplete.
India
 
In response to a court order, we removed 360 search results. The search results linked to 360 web pages that contained adult videos that allegedly violated an individual's personal privacy.
Iran
 
Gmail was inaccessible during this reporting period, beginning on February 9, 2012. [Source: Washington Post]
Google Videos was inaccessible during this reporting period, beginning on January 30, 2011.
YouTube was inaccessible during this reporting period, beginning on June 13, 2009. [Source: ONI]
Italy
 
We received a civil court order from an individual that was addressed to the Chamber of the Deputies. The order requested the removal of search results that linked to pages on the official website of the Chamber of the Deputies and allegedly violated the privacy of an individual. We did not remove content in response to this request, and referred the individual to the webmaster of the Chamber of Deputies instead.
We received a civil court order from an individual that was addressed to a third party. We removed 140 search results that we determined to fall within the scope of the order.
Monaco
 
We received a request from the legal representatives of a member of the royal family to remove five blog posts for containing images that allegedly violated her privacy. We removed four of the blog posts cited in the request.
Philippines
 
We received a request from the office of a local mayor to remove five blogs for criticizing the mayor. We did not remove content in response to this request.
Russia
 
We received a request from the Russian Ministry of the Interior to remove 160 YouTube videos that allegedly contain extremist content in violation of Article 13 of the Federal Law on Counteracting Extremist Activity. We restricted the videos from view in Russia.
Spain
 
The number of content removal requests we received increased by 60% compared to the previous reporting period.
Thailand
 
We received two requests from the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in Thailand to remove 14 YouTube videos for allegedly insulting the monarchy in violation of Thailand's lèse-majesté law. We restricted three of these videos from view in Thailand out of respect for local law.
Trinidad and Tobago
 
We received a request from legal representatives of a member of the executive branch to remove 10 YouTube videos for alleged defamation. We did not remove content in response to this request.
Turkey
 
We received 148 requests from the Telecommunications Communication Presidency of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority to remove 426 YouTube videos, Blogger blogs, one Google document and one search result, all due to alleged criticism of Atatürk, the government or national identity and values. We restricted Turkish users from accessing 63% of the YouTube videos. We did not remove content in response to the requests relating to Web Search, Blogger blogs, or the single request to remove a Google document.
We received requests from the Telecommunications Communication Presidency of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority to remove blogs for discussing minority independence and disclosing details about the private lives of politicians. We did not remove content in response to these requests.
We received a request from a local law enforcement agency on behalf of an individual to remove 242 YouTube videos for referencing that individual. We did not remove content in response to this request.
The number of content removal requests we received increased by 1,013% compared to the previous reporting period.
United Kingdom
 
We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove 14 search results for linking to sites that criticize the police and claim individuals were involved in obscuring crimes. We did not remove content in response to this request. In addition, we received a request from another local law enforcement agency to remove a YouTube video for criticizing the agency for racism. We did not remove content in response to this request.
The number of content removal requests we received increased by 98% compared to the previous reporting period.
United States
 
We received five requests and one court order to remove seven YouTube videos for criticizing local and state government agencies, law enforcement or public officials. We did not remove content in response to these requests.
We received a court order to remove 1,754 posts from Google Groups relating to a case of continuous defamation against a man and his family. We removed 1,664 of the posts, which fell within the scope of the order.
We received three court orders to remove 641 search results for linking to websites that allegedly defame organizations and individuals. We removed 233 of the search results requested, which fell within the scope of the orders.
In response to a court order, we removed 156 search results because the web pages in question used a trademark in violation of an earlier order.
The number of content removal requests we received increased by 46% compared to the previous reporting period.
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