Google transparency reports

Google’s transparency report makes fascinating reading.

Includes:

Under Canada,  we find this:

“We received a request from the Passport Canada office to remove a YouTube video of a Canadian citizen urinating on his passport and flushing it down the toilet.”

What did Google do

“We did not comply with this request,  it says

Under Britain,  “We received a request from the UK’s Association of Police Officers to remove five user accounts that allegedly promoted terrorism. We terminated these accounts because they violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines, and as a result approximately 640 videos were removed.”

And under the US,  “We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove a blog because of a post that allegedly defamed a law enforcement official in a personal capacity. We did not comply with this request, which we have categorized in this Report as a defamation request.”

Also, “Six court orders resulted in the removal of 1,110 items from Google Groups relating to a case of continuous defamation against a man and his family.”

“We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove 1,400 YouTube videos for alleged harassment. We did not comply with this request. Separately, we received a request from a different local law enforcement agency to remove five user accounts that allegedly contained threatening and/or harassing content. We terminated four of the accounts, which resulted in the removal of approximately 300 videos, but did not remove the remaining account with 54 videos.

“We received a court order to remove 218 search results that linked to allegedly defamatory websites. We removed 25% of the results cited in the request.

“The number of content removal requests we received increased by 103% compared to the previous reporting period.”

Click here  for full list of governments  and their demands.

Italy?  “We received a request from the Central Police in Italy to remove a YouTube video that satirized Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s lifestyle. We did not comply with this request.”

Pity 😉

Google also regularly receives scores of  demands from government agencies and courts around the world to hand over data on individual users.

Below is a  country-by-country breakdown:

141
33%
201
444
65%
496
99
67%
124
1,615
90%
2,222
41
24%
49
117
43%
186
1,404
44%
1,779
1,426
45%
2,027
202
51%
202
73
0%
79
2,207
66%
3,427
51
61%
79
844
51%
1,124
90
59%
117
67
25%
115
37
59%
49
49
69%
61
241
22%
297
147
29%
196
58
0%
65
102
83%
186
257
37%
393
388
51%
610
69
67%
76
224
75%
303
88
0%
92
1,455
64%
1,764
6,321
93%
12,243
Total > 18257 > 28562

Top Copyright Owners in the Past Month

URLs
1,391,647
836,642
622,247
287,954
232,738

 

Top Domains Specified in the Past Month 

URLs
458,784
< 5%
228,129
< 0.1%
194,551
< 1%
176,561
< 0.1%
121,611
< 0.1%

Raw data

“Raw data from the Transparency Report is available for export in various machine-readable formats,”says Google, noting,  “Developers and researchers can take this data and revisualize it in different ways, or mash it up with information from other organizations to test and draw up new hypotheses.”

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