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 Transparency Report

United States

Below, we disclose information about the requests for user information that we receive from U.S. authorities:

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests

The table below provides a range of how many requests we received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) every six months since January 2009, as well as a range of how many users or accounts were affected by any given request during each six month period. The ranges are broken down by legal requests for non-content information — the same kind of information that can be requested under a criminal subpoena or criminal order under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act — and legal requests for private content — the same kind of information that can be requested under a criminal search warrant or wiretap order.

Any request received in one reporting period that extends beyond that period is included in each reporting period where it remains in effect. Similarly, each account specified in that request is included in each additional reporting period. For example, a surveillance request served in the first half of a year that remains effective until sometime in the second half would be included in ranges for both reporting periods that year.

For more information about FISA requests, please refer to our FAQ. These ranges are separate from the National Security Letters reported below and excluded from the total sum of user data requests that we receive under criminal legal process and report biannually.

Non-content requests

Reporting Period Number of requests Users/Accounts
January to June 2015 Data subject to six month reporting delay
July to December 2014 0–499 0–499
January to June 2014 0–499 0–499
July to December 2013 0–499 0–499
January to June 2013 0–499 0–499
July to December 2012 0–499 0–499
January to June 2012 0–499 0–499
July to December 2011 0–499 0–499
January to June 2011 0–499 500–999
July to December 2010 0–499 500–999
January to June 2010 0–499 0–499
July to December 2009 0–499 0–499
January to June 2009 0–499 0–499

Content requests

Reporting Period Number of requests Users/Accounts
January to June 2015 Data subject to six month reporting delay
July to December 2014 500–999 17500–17999
January to June 2014 500–999 15000–15499
July to December 2013 500–999 15500–15999
January to June 2013 500–999 9500–9999
July to December 2012 500–999 12500–12999
January to June 2012 500–999 8000–8499
July to December 2011 500–999 9500–9999
January to June 2011 500–999 7000–7499
July to December 2010 0–499 5000–5499
January to June 2010 0–499 3500–3999
July to December 2009 0–499 3500–3999
January to June 2009 0–499 2000–2499

National Security Letters

The table below provides a range of how many National Security Letters (NSLs) we've received and a range of how many users/accounts were specified each year since 2009. For more information about NSLs, please refer to our FAQ. These ranges are not included in the total sum of user data requests that we report biannually.

Reporting Period National Security Letters Users/Accounts
January to June 2015 0–499 500–999
July to December 2014 0–499 500–999
January to June 2014 500–999 500–999
July to December 2013 500–999 1000–1499
January to June 2013 0–499 500–999
July to December 2012 0–499 500–999
January to June 2012 500–999 1000–1499
July to December 2011 0–499 500–999
January to June 2011 0–499 500–999
July to December 2010 0–499 1000–1499
January to June 2010 500–999 1500–1999
July to December 2009 0–499 500–999
January to June 2009 0–499 500–999
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Detailed Data

The table below provides the number of government requests for user data from the United States issued by U.S. authorities for U.S. criminal investigations as well as requests made on behalf of other governments pursuant to mutual legal assistance treaties and other diplomatic mechanisms. For more information, please refer to our FAQ about legal process.

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