Transparency Report

Released: March 29, 2016
Last Updated: September 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.

Federal law requires a six-month delay in reporting certain statistics related to national security requests. Now that six months have elapsed since our previous Transparency Reports, we have updated them with new national security data. Our previous Transparency Reports are available here and here.

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
July 1, 2015—December 31, 2015 862 1819 80%
Subpoena 356 1044 76%
Pen Register Order 8 9 50%
Court Order 64 110 89%
Search Warrant 368 573 85%
Emergency 66 83 70%
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*
July 1, 2015—December 31, 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
July 1, 2015—December 31, 2015 22 24 82% 66 85 0%
Australia 1 2 100% 2 2 0%
Canada 3 4 100% 0 N/A N/A
Denmark 0 N/A N/A 3 4 0%
France 2 2 50% 26 33 0%
Germany 0 N/A N/A 5 8 0%
Mexico 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Netherlands 0 N/A N/A 1 1 0%
Norway 1 1 100% 5 10 0%
Spain 0 N/A N/A 2 2 0%
Sweden 0 N/A N/A 2 3 0%
United Kingdom 15 15 80% 19 21 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
July 1, 2015—December 31, 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
July 1, 2015—December 31, 2015 7 100%
Reporting Period DMCA Counter-Notices Percentage of requests where some content was reinstated
July 1, 2015—December 31, 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.