2016: Jul 1 – Dec 31

Country Number of requests Percentage of requests where some or all information was produced Number of sites specified
Argentina 2 0% 2
Australia 5 0% 5
Azerbaijan 1 0% 1
Brazil 3 0% 3
Colombia 2 0% 6
France 5 0% 5
Germany 6 0% 11
Greece 1 0% 1
Guatemala 1 0% 1
India 17 0% 19
Italy 2 0% 2
Lithuania 1 0% 1
Moldova 1 0% 1
Netherlands 1 0% 1
Portugal 2 0% 2
Taiwan 1 0% 3
Spain 3 0% 3
Switzerland 1 0% 1
United Kingdom 1 0% 1
United States 29 93% 47
TOTAL 85 34% 116

Requests from the United States

  • Number of requests29
  • Percentage accompanied by a
    non-disclosure order
    90%
Subpoenas Court Orders Search Warrants Wiretap Orders Pen Register Orders Emergency Requests
72% 10% 10% 0% 3% 0%
Notes: (1) One request came in as an email, which is why the breakdown does not total 100%. (2) While we turned over data in response to the pen register order, we did not permit installation and use of a pen register or trap and trace device.

Recent Examples

Here are a few recent examples of requests for user information that we received from government sources. We did not provide information in response to any of these requests.

Azerbaijan

  • Law enforcement requested information about a site containing content that “discredit[ed] the reputation of Azerbaijan and its economical and political situation.”

Colombia

  • Law enforcement requested information about six sites because they posted “insulting and dishonorable comments against political figures in Colombia and imputing unfounded charges to people who generate business at the national level.”
  • Law enforcement requested information regarding a user because it posted allegedly defamatory content.

France

  • Law enforcement requested user information relating to an “investigation for defamation and insult to public servants.”

Germany

  • Law enforcement requested user information for an investigation of defamation.

India

  • Law enforcement requested information about a user who posted a photo that depicted Lord Shiva in Mecca, which “hurt the beliefs and feelings of the community.”
  • Law enforcement requested information about a site that allegedly defamed court judges.

Netherlands

  • Law enforcement, “doing research on a website” requested information about a site owner.