Google Inc received 27 takedown requests from Australian governments and agencies in 2011 covering 656 items. These represent only three more requests than the previous year.
Reasons given were that these items allegedly breached privacy and security, defamed, included hate speech, were violent or pornographic. Privacy and security was the largest category listed.
In the case of less than half of these requests did Google fully or partially remove content.
Australian governments and agencies also made 805 requests for disclosure of user data from Google accounts or services and well over half of these requests were partially or fully complied with. Government agencies generally make user data requests for information about Google users or accounts in criminal cases.