The information below represents the number of requests for user information we received from governments and law enforcement agencies between July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2020. Governments sometimes seek to identify users whom they suspect have engaged in illegal activity.
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- Number of requests1,223
- Percentage of requests where some or all information was produced 43%
- Number of sites specified 1,577
- We do not voluntarily provide governments with access to data about users (private or public) for law enforcement, intelligence gathering, or other surveillance purposes. We turn over user information only upon receipt of valid US legal process.
- Our policy is to notify our users of any legal process we receive regarding their account, so that they may challenge the request if they wish. The only exception is if we are prohibited by law (not just asked nicely by the police) from making such a notification.
- Regardless of whether a user is notified or involved in a legal challenge, we carefully review all legal process we receive and actively push back on requests that are procedurally deficient, overly broad, or otherwise improper (i.e., targeting non-criminal free speech).
- We receive frequent requests for user information from non-governmental sources, such as litigants in a civil proceeding. Those requests are not included in this transparency report.
- We receive requests that don’t properly identify a site or user, so the number of sites specified may otherwise be greater.
- We may receive requests identifying the same site across multiple report periods. In this circumstance, the site is included in the specified site total for each report period.
- You can learn more about our policies and procedures for handling government as well as private information requests in our legal guidelines.