Transparency Report

January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Released: October 19, 2017

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 GuidePrivacy Policy, and Terms of Service.

United States Criminal Legal Requests

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

Reporting PeriodRequestsAccount IdentifiersPercentage of requests where some data was produced
January 1, 2017—June 30, 20173,7266,43482%
Court Order15923879%
Search Warrant2,2393,61186%
Wiretap Order1236100%

United States National Security Requests

Requests for User Information pursuant to national security legal process.

National SecurityRequestsAccount Identifiers*
NSLs and FISA Orders/DirectivesO-2490-249

International Government Information Requests

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

Reporting PeriodEmergency RequestsAccount Identifiers for Emergency Requests Identifiers for Emergency Requests Percentage of emergency requests where some data was producedOther Information RequestsAccount Identifiers for Other RequestsPercentage of other information request where some data was produced
January 1, 2017—June 30, 201712314268%2052810%
United Arab Emirates18100%0N/AN/A
United Kingdom535866%871170%

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 PeriodRemoval RequestsPercentage of requests where some content was removed
January 1, 2017 - June 30, 20170N/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 NoticesPercentage of requests where some content was removed
July 1, 2017 - December 31, 20175040%
Reporting Period DMCA Counter-NoticesPercentage of requests where some content was reinstated
January 1, 2017—June 30, 20170N/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.

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