Transparency Report

Released: July 20, 2015
Last Updated: March 29, 2016

Every six months, we publish our Snapchat Transparency Report. As we said in our inaugural report, we think these regular scorecards promote user privacy and autonomy by disclosing the nature and number of governmental requests for users' account information, demands from various governments to remove users' content, and takedown requests for alleged copyright infringement. And, of course, our reports always note how often we honor those requests.

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, 2015—June 30, 2015 761 1286 86%
Subpoena 353 609 84%
Pen Register Order 0 N/A N/A
Court Order 39 66 77%
Search Warrant 331 568 91%
Emergency 38 43 82%
Wiretap Order 0 N/A N/A

United States National Security Requests

Requests for User Information pursuant to classified legal process.

Reporting Period Requests Account Identifiers*
January 1, 2015—June 30, 2015
FISA 0-499 0-499
NSL 0-499 0-499

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, 2015—June 30, 2015 17 24 76% 73 93 0%
Australia 1 5 100% 1 1 0%
Canada 3 3 100% 0 N/A N/A
Czech Republic 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Denmark 0 N/A N/A 3 3 0%
France 1 1 0% 37 50 0%
India 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Ireland 0 N/A N/A 2 2 0%
New Zealand 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Norway 5 5 100% 5 8 0%
Spain 0 N/A N/A 3 3 0%
Sweden 1 1 100% 3 3 0%
United Kingdom 6 9 50% 16 20 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, 2015—June 30, 2015 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, 2015—June 30, 2015 0 N/A
Reporting Period DMCA Counter-Notices Percentage of requests where some content was reinstated
January 1, 2015—June 30, 2015 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.