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Turkish Government Logs Most Requests for Content Removal

January 30, 2013

Following is a table detailing the number of times law-enforcement officials requested content to be removed from Google services* in the 1st half of 2012, according to Google.

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                        1st half   2nd half 6 Month %  1st half% of total
                            2012       2011    Change      2011  requests
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Total                        903        710     27.2%       615    100.0%
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Argentina                     24         46    -47.8%        21      2.7%
Armenia                        0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
Australia                     18         17      5.9%        10      2.0%
Austria                        2          4    -50.0%       n/a      0.2%
Azerbaijan                     2        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.2%
Belgium                        8         11    -27.3%       <10      0.9%
Bosnia and Herzegovina         1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Brazil                       191        193     -1.0%       224     21.2%
Cambodia                       0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
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                        1st half   2nd half 6 Month %  1st half% of total
                            2012       2011    Change      2011  requests
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Canada                        33         19     73.7%         9      3.7%
Croatia                        0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
China                          0        n/a       n/a         3      0.0%
Colombia                       0        n/a       n/a       <10      0.0%
Cook Islands                   1          1      0.0%       <10      0.1%
Cyprus                         1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Denmark                        0        n/a       n/a       <10      0.0%
Estonia                        0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
Finland                        0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
France                        72         31    132.3%         9      8.0%
Germany                      247        103    139.8%       125     27.4%
Greece                         3        n/a       n/a       <10      0.3%
Hong Kong                      1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Hungary                        2        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.2%
India                         84        101    -16.8%        68      9.3%
Indonesia                      3        n/a       n/a       <10      0.3%
Ireland                        1        n/a       n/a       <10      0.1%
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                        1st half   2nd half 6 Month %  1st half% of total
                            2012       2011    Change      2011  requests
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Israel                         4          5    -20.0%       <10      0.4%
Italy                         25         28    -10.7%        36      2.8%
Japan                         16          7    128.6%       n/a      1.8%
Kazakhstan                     2        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.2%
Libya                          0        n/a       n/a       <10      0.0%
Liechtenstein                  0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
Lithuania                      1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Macedonia [FYROM]              1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Malaysia                       2        n/a       n/a       <10      0.2%
Malta                          3        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.3%
Mauritius                      2        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.2%
Mexico                         5        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.6%
Netherlands                   10        n/a       n/a         4      1.1%
New Zealand                    4        n/a       n/a       <10      0.4%
Norway                         0          3   -100.0%         2      0.0%
Pakistan                       4          2    100.0%       <10      0.4%
Panama                         0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
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                        1st half   2nd half 6 Month %  1st half% of total
                            2012       2011    Change      2011  requests
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Peru                           2        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.2%
Philippines                    4        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.4%
Poland                         3          2     50.0%         3      0.3%
Portugal                       2        n/a       n/a       <10      0.2%
Puerto Rico                    0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
Russia                         6        n/a       n/a       <10      0.7%
Saudi Arabia                   1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Singapore                      2        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.2%
Slovenia                       3        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.3%
Solomon Islands                0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
South Africa                   3        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.3%
South Korea                   33         94    -64.9%        88      3.7%
Spain                         69         43     60.5%        13      7.6%
Sri Lanka                    n/a        n/a       n/a       <10       n/a
Sweden                         2        n/a       n/a       <10      0.2%
Switzerland                    4          8    -50.0%       <10      0.4%
Taiwan                        10          8     25.0%        69      1.1%
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                        1st half   2nd half 6 Month %  1st half% of total
                            2012       2011    Change      2011  requests
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Thailand                       2          4    -50.0%         2      0.2%
Trinidad and Tobago            1        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.1%
Turkey                       501         45   1013.3%        39     55.5%
United Kingdom                97         49     98.0%        65     10.7%
United States                273        187     46.0%        92     30.2%
Vietnam                        0        n/a       n/a       n/a      0.0%
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SOURCE: Google Transparency Report
http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/data/
Note: Totals do not include countries with <10 requests.
Note(*): Services included Android Market, Blogger, Gmail, Adwords, App Engine
Books, Docs, Earth/Maps, Groups, Images, Places, Profiles, Sites, Videos
orkut, Picasa, Street View, Textcube, Search, and Youtube.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Rose in Washington at srose31@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alex Tanzi at atanzi@bloomberg.net


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