Transparency Report

Released: October 19, 2017
Last Updated: October 19, 2017

Snapchat Transparency Reports are released twice a year. These reports provide important insight into the volume and nature of governmental requests for Snapchatters' account information and other legal notifications.

Since November 15, 2015, our policy has been to notify Snapchatters when we receive legal process seeking their account information, with exceptions for cases where we are legally prohibited from doing so, or when we believe there are exceptional circumstances (like child exploitation or an imminent risk of death or bodily injury).

For more information about how we handle law enforcement data requests, please take a look at our Law Enforcement Guide, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service.

United States Criminal Legal Requests

Requests for User Information pursuant to U.S. legal process.

Reporting Period Requests Account Identifiers Percentage of requests where some data was produced
January 1, 2017—June 30, 2017 3726 6434 82%
Subpoena 1058 2264 72%
PRTT 23 26 83%
Court Order 159 238 79%
Search Warrant 2239 3611 86%
EDR 234 278 78%
Wiretap 13 17 85%

United States National Security Requests

Requests for User Information pursuant to national security legal process.

National Security Requests Account Identifiers*
NSLs and FISA Orders/Directives 0-249 0-249

International Government Information Requests

Requests for User Information from government entities outside the United States.

Reporting Period Emergency Requests Account Identifiers* for Emergency Requests Percentage of Emergency Requests where some data was produced Other Information Requests Account Identifiers* for Other Information Requests Percentage of Other Information Requests where some data was produced
January 1, 2017—June 30, 2017 123 142 68% 205 281 0%
Argentina 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Australia 4 9 25% 7 20 0%
Austria 0 N/A N/A 4 4 0%
Brazil 0 N/A N/A 4 5 0%
Canada 37 36 78% 1 1 0%
Denmark 0 N/A N/A 2 2 0%
France 15 17 67% 40 67 0%
Germany 0 N/A N/A 25 28 0%
India 0 N/A N/A 15 15 0%
Ireland 1 1 100% 1 1 0%
Israel 1 1 100% 1 1 0%
Netherlands 1 2 100% 1 1 0%
Norway 2 2 50% 3 3 0%
Poland 3 3 33% 3 3 0%
Spain 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Sweden 3 3 67% 9 11 0%
Switzerland 2 2 50% 0 N/A N/A
United Arab Emirates 1 8 100% 0 N/A N/A
United Kingdom 53 58 66% 87 117 0%

Governmental Content Removal Requests

This category identifies demands by a government entity to remove content that would otherwise be permissible under our Terms of Service or Community Guidelines.

Reporting Period Removal Requests Percentage of requests where some content was removed
January 1, 2017—June 30, 2017 0 N/A

Copyrighted Content Takedown Notices (DMCA)

This category reflects any valid takedown notices we received under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Reporting Period DMCA Takedown Notices Percentage of requests where some content was removed
January 1, 2017—June 30, 2017 50 40%
Reporting Period DMCA Counter-Notices Percentage of requests where some content was reinstated
January 1, 2017—June 30, 2017 0 N/A

* “Account Identifiers” reflects the number of identifiers (e.g. username, email address, phone number, etc.) specified by law enforcement in legal process when requesting user information. Some legal process may include more than one identifier. In some instances, multiple identifiers may identify a single account. In instances where a single identifier is specified in multiple requests, each instance is included.