2017: Jul 1 – Dec 31

Country Number of requests Percentage of requests where some or all information was produced Number of sites specified
Argentina 1 0% 1
Australia 1 0% 1
Austria 1 0% 1
Brazil 6 0% 11
Canada 1 0% 1
Costa Rica 1 0% 1
France 8 0% 9
Germany 5 0% 5
India 27 0% 29
Italy 4 0% 5
Malta 1 0% 1
Moldova 2 0% 3
Poland 1* 100% 1
Scotland 1 0% 1
Singapore 1 0% 1
Spain 5 0% 5
Sweden 1 0% 1
Switzerland 2 0% 2
United Kingdom 3 0% 3
United States 38* 82% 43
TOTAL 110 29% 125
*Includes valid emergency requests.

Requests from the United States

  • Number of requests38
  • Percentage accompanied by a
    non-disclosure order
    71%
Subpoenas Court Orders Search Warrants Wiretap Orders Pen Register Orders Emergency Requests
71% 18% 8% 0% 0% 3%
Note: The emergency request we received was followed by a court order, but so as not to double count the request, it is included only as an emergency request.

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.

Austria

  • The Public Prosecutor’s office requested a site owner’s data because their site contained allegedly defamatory content about a judge of a regional court.

Brazil

  • A Police Inspector requested information about a site that was not created by the Authority or with the Authority’s permission, about  “an important Authority of the Brazilian Judicial Branch” that contained “photos, videos, and citations.”

Canada

  • Law enforcement requested information about a user who blogged anonymously and critically about their unpleasant experience with law enforcement while trying to report sexual assault.

France

  • The National Gendarmerie requested information about sites that allegedly defamed an entrepreneur, his business practices, and products.

India

  • Law enforcement requested information about a user who created a “fake blog,” that contained allegedly defamatory content and “vulgar/obscene comments in vernacular language about the complainant.”