Google just updated its Transparency Report, which provides insight in the content governments around the world ask Google to remove from its services.
These requests are, in the majority of nations, on the rise and are apparently much more complex to deal with for Google. Google claims that the detail level of its Transparency Report shows that the laws that touch information on the Internet need to be updated. According to the new report, the number of content removal requests jumped by 27 percent in France, by 38 percent in Germany, by 36 percent in South Korea, by 28 percent in Spain, by 71 percent in the UK and by 70 percent in the U.S. For the first time, Google received content removal requests from Cook Islands, Poland and Sri Lanka.
In the U.S. Google complied in 63 percent of the cases. In a special case, Google said that it received a request to remove a YouTube video that showed police brutality, which Google did not comply with. In total there were requests to remove 757 items, 198 relating to Web Search, 2 to Images, 1 to Books, 379 to Groups, 113 to YouTube, 47 to Blogger, 5 to Picasa, 7 to Adwords and 2 to Gmail. The overwhelming majority of removal requests were because of defamation (607), followed by privacy concerns (80).