We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague.
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We will take steps to preserve account records in connection with official criminal investigations for 90 days pending our receipt of formal legal process.
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We restricted access to items alleged to constitute "incitement of hatred" (Volksverhetzung), violations of the Youth Protection Law, or unauthorized sale of regulated goods, as well as to pages alleged by the Federal Ministry of the Interior to be linked to a banned association. We also restricted access to 1,051 items related to Holocaust denial.
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