Government requests to Google

November 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

has updated their transparency report for New Zealand. We learn:

  • ┬áThere were five removal requests in 2011 – three from court orders and two from the Government (prob Police)
  • Of the 13 requests since 2010, 23% were for defamation, 15% privacy and security, 8% hate speech and 8% violence
  • The requests were for removal from web search, from Google Docs (once), Blogger and YouTube.

Their copyright page is also interesting. In just the last month they had requests for 8.5 million URLs to be removed.

It’s great that Google is transparent about the number and nature of requests for removal.

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4 Responses to “Government requests to Google”

  1. Kea (11,923 comments) says:

    I would like to know about the “hate speech” removals. I am sure it would not relate to the hate directed at white people all over the net.

    It is state censorship, pure and simple.

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  2. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    It’s not really transparent unless they tell us who the defamation was about, and what people are saying that they did.

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  3. Mike Readman (366 comments) says:

    What’s the per capita comparison? I think NZ could quite easily be the best country in the world for freedom of speech.

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  4. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    Yeah because everyone too shit scared to say anything.

    I assume that google is honest about the number they remove. Or perhaps they removed 50,000 themselves and these are the 13 extra requested by NZ sources.

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