Google has just released its biannual figures on what content government bodies asked it to remove in the first six months of 2010. The biggest surprise? Just how many items on Google Groups were removed at the request of the Australian government.
Compared to the last six months of 2009, things haven’t changed that much in terms of the number of requests (17 this time, 14 last time), but Google complied with a lot more of them (almost 93% this time versus just over 50% last time). Whether that means the government got better at knowing what to ask for, or Google just felt like being nice/compliant, is anybody’s guess. In any event, we get a lot more detail this time around, with information on exactly how many sites, YouTube clips and other sources were impacted.