Transparency Report

Released: November 1, 2016
Last Updated: November 1, 2016

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, 2016—June 30, 2016 1472 2455 82%
Subpoena 590 1076 76%
Pen Register Order 4 4 50%
Court Order 80 103 86%
Search Warrant 722 1180 87%
Emergency 72 78 82%
Wiretap Order 4 14 100%

United States National Security Requests

Requests for User Information pursuant to national security legal process.

Reporting Period Requests Account Identifiers*
January 1, 2016—June 30, 2016
NSLs and FISA Orders/Directives 0-249 0-249

International Government Information Requests

Requests for User Information originating 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, 2016—June 30, 2016 41 51 63% 85 87 0%
Australia 0 0 N/A 2 1 0%
Belgium 0 0 N/A 1 2 0%
Canada 13 17 77% 1 1 0%
Czech Republic 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Denmark 2 3 50% 0 N/A N/A
France 2 2 100% 23 22 0%
Germany 0 N/A N/A 18 18 0%
India 0 N/A N/A 2 2 0%
Ireland 0 N/A N/A 2 3 0%
Luxembourg 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Norway 1 1 0% 3 3 0%
Poland 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Portugal 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Spain 0 N/A N/A 3 7 0%
Sweden 1 1 0% 5 5 0%
United Kingdom 22 27 59% 21 19 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, 2016—June 30, 2016 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, 2016—June 30, 2016 16 94%
Reporting Period DMCA Counter-Notices Percentage of requests where some content was reinstated
January 1, 2016—June 30, 2016 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.