Government Data Requests

Governments around the world request information about Oath users, usually in conjunction with criminal or civil investigations. We carefully scrutinize each request to make sure it complies with the law, and we push back on those requests that don’t satisfy our rigorous standards. When we disclose data, consistent with our Global Principles for Responding to Government Requests, we narrowly interpret the request and disclose only as much data as is necessary to comply with the request.

 

 

jul-dec-2017

Government data requests by country

jan-jun-2017

Government data requests by country

Country Some data disclosed Rejected No data found Total government data requests Total government specified accounts
Argentina 33 36 11 80 96
Australia 100 138 38 276 289
Austria 2 22 0 24 67
Belgium 1 0 0 1 1
Brazil 120 46 30 196 278
Canada 8 4 1 13 17
Colombia 0 1 0 1 1
Czech Republic 0 1 0 1 1
Equador 0 1 0 1 3
France 234 412 91 737 851
Germany 519 903 209 1,631 2,309
Greece 0 10 1 11 11
Hong Kong 51 55 4 110 115
Hungary 0 4 0 4 6
India 259 318 72 649 1,381
Indonesia 0 0 1 1 2
Ireland 21 5 2 28 44
Israel 0 1 0 1 1
Italy 46 135 12 193 237
Korea 0 9 0 9 9
Lithuania 0 1 0 1 1
Macedonia 0 2 0 2 2
Malawi 0 1 0 1 2
Malta 0 18 2 20 21
Mexico 9 10 1 20 21
Netherlands 0 2 0 2 2
New Zealand 1 1 1 3 6
Norway 0 6 0 6 6
Poland 0 3 0 3 19
Portugal 0 6 0 6 6
Singapore 28 33 11 72 83
Spain 13 51 8 72 94
Sweden 0 7 0 7 7
Switzerland 1 5 3 9 11
Taiwan 1,249 90 77 1,416 3,629
Thailand 0 1 0 1 1
United Kingdom 563 494 163 1,220 1,696
United States* 4,401 176 488 5,065 11,061
Uruguay 0 1 0 1 2
Argentina 32 21 3 59 64
Australia 101 125 39 265 283
Austria 0 7 0 7 9
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1 1
Belgium 2 0 0 2 3
Brazil 101 46 28 175 258
Canada 17 1 0 18 20
Chile 0 3 0 3 5
Colombia 0 4 0 4 5
Denmark 0 3 0 3 3
Finland 1 0 0 1 1
France 275 481 107 863 977
Germany 681 977 174 1,832 2,569
Greece 0 7 1 8 10
Hong Kong 167 28 20 215 223
Hungary 0 2 1 3 6
India 241 299 91 631 1,588
Ireland 36 9 3 48 75
Italy 51 165 23 239 337
Korea 0 2 0 2 2
Lithuania 0 0 1 1 1
Macedonia 0 0 1 1 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1 1
Malta 0 16 0 16 17
Mauritius 0 1 0 1 1
Mexico 9 10 8 27 32
Netherlands 0 1 0 1 1
New Zealand 2 1 0 3 3
Norway 1 1 0 2 2
Pakistan 0 1 1 2 3
Philippines 0 1 0 1 1
Poland 0 2 0 2 2
Portugal 0 4 1 5 6
Singapore 20 34 3 56 76
Slovenia 0 2 0 2 2
Spain 41 82 16 139 208
Sweden 0 10 0 10 13
Switzerland 0 5 0 5 5
Taiwan 1,316 104 74 1,494 3,394
Turkey 1 3 0 3 4
United Kingdom 565 487 158 1,210 1,575
United States* 5,045 222 688 5,955 10,968
Global Total 7,659 3,009 1,226 11,894 22,389
Global Total 8,705 3,169 1,441 13,316 22,755
Global Total 0 0 0 0 0

*These numbers do not include U.S. national security requests reported in more detail on the U.S.-specific page.

*These numbers do not include U.S. national security requests reported in more detail on the U.S.-specific page.

Emergency requests

In addition to Government Data Requests, Oath sometimes receives requests from governments seeking information in emergency situations (i.e., the disclosure of information is sought to save a life or prevent serious physical harm). The chart below represents the number of such requests that Oath received globally during the reporting period, the number of accounts specified in those requests, and the percentage of the requests that resulted in the disclosure of some information.

Emergency requests

In addition to Government Data Requests, Oath sometimes receives requests from governments seeking information in emergency situations (i.e., the disclosure of information is sought to save a life or prevent serious physical harm). The chart below represents the number of such requests that Oath received globally during the reporting period, the number of accounts specified in those requests, and the percentage of the requests that resulted in the disclosure of some information.

Country Total requests Total government specified accounts Percentage of requests resulting in disclosure of user data
Canada 9 9 56%
France 8 9 38
Germany 3 3 33%
Hong Kong 3 3 67%
Hungary 1 3 100%
India 1 1 0%
Japan 1 1 100%
Korea 4 4 0%
Pakistan 1 1 0%
Philippines 2 3 0%
Singapore 1 1 100%
Sweden 1 1 100%
United Kingdom 131 356 91%
United States 65 76 60%
Canada 8 10 63%
France 4 4 25%
Germany 13 14 62%
Hong Kong 2 3 100%
India 7 8 0%
Italy 2 3 50%
Lithuania 1 1 0%
Malaysia 1 1 0%
Russia 1 1 100%
Singapore 1 1 0%
Sweden 1 1 0%
United Kingdom 111 187 86%
United States 90 115 68%
Japan 1 1 100%
Global Total 231 471
Global Total 242 349
Global Total 1 1

Preservation requests

Government agencies sometimes ask Oath to temporarily preserve account information pertaining to an investigation while they work to obtain valid legal process. When we receive a preservation request issued in accordance with applicable law, we will temporarily preserve the relevant user data, to the extent it is available. We will not disclose information until the government agency has presented us with valid legal process. The chart below shows the number of preservation requests we received within this reporting period, as well as the number of accounts specified in those requests. If information we preserved is subsequently sought by the government agency with legal process, the request (and our response) will be reflected as Government Data Request in the reporting period during which the request was made.

Preservation requests

Government agencies sometimes ask Oath to temporarily preserve account information pertaining to an investigation while they work to obtain valid legal process. When we receive a preservation request issued in accordance with applicable law, we will temporarily preserve the relevant user data, to the extent it is available. We will not disclose information until the government agency has presented us with valid legal process. The chart below shows the number of preservation requests we received within this reporting period, as well as the number of accounts specified in those requests. If information we preserved is subsequently sought by the government agency with legal process, the request (and our response) will be reflected as Government Data Request in the reporting period during which the request was made.

Country Total preservation requests Total government specified accounts
Australia 36 37
Belgium 7 8
Canada 11 29
Costa Rica 1 1
Czech Republic 9 13
Germany 27 39
Hong Kong 1 2
India 1 1
Ireland 6 10
Italy 7 14
Luxembourg 4 15
Mauritius 1 1
Norway 1 1
United Kingdom 72 123
United States 2,916 6,474
Argentina 2 2
Australia 25 39
Austria 2 4
Bangladesh 1 1
Belgium 9 12
Brazil 2 3
Canada 17 19
Colombia 1 2
Czech Republic 6 6
Germany 28 56
Greece 2 4
Hong Kong 4 4
India 12 17
Ireland 15 32
Italy 4 4
Japan 1 1
Luxembourg 1 2
Macedonia 1 1
Mauritius 3 5
Philippines 4 8
Portugal 2 2
Spain 1 1
Sri Lanka 1 1
Sweden 3 3
United Kingdom 78 115
United States 3,055 6,620
Global Total 3,100 6,768
Global Total 3,280 6,964
Global Total 0 0

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