Information requests

July 1 – December 31, 2012
CountryAccount information requestsPercentage where some information producedAccounts specified
Argentina < 10 0% 13
Australia < 10 20% < 10
Austria - - -
Belgium - - -
Brazil 34 12% 43
Bulgaria - - -
Canada 15 7% 22
Denmark < 10 0% < 10
France 12 0% 54
Germany < 10 0% < 10
Greece < 10 0% 15
India < 10 0% < 10
Indonesia < 10 0% < 10
Ireland < 10 0% < 10
Israel < 10 0% < 10
Italy < 10 0% < 10
Japan 62 5% 75
Korea, Republic of - - -
Mexico < 10 0% < 10
Netherlands < 10 33% < 10
Peru - - -
Portugal - - -
Qatar < 10 0% < 10
South Sudan < 10 0% < 10
Spain < 10 0% < 10
Sweden - - -
Switzerland < 10 0% < 10
Turkey < 10 0% < 10
United Kingdom 25 4% 27
United States 815 69% 1,145
TOTAL 1,009 57% 1,433
NOTE: The data in these reports is as accurate as possible, but may not be 100% comprehensive.

About the numbers

We received user information requests from 30 different governments in 2012. During Q3-Q4 2012,  we received inquiries from 23 countries with an increase of 160 requests over Q1-Q2.

Footnotes

  • We notify affected users of requests for their account information unless we’re prohibited.
  • To minimize potential risk to ongoing investigations and matters of public safety, we do not include specific numbers for countries where we’ve received fewer than 10 requests; instead you’ll see ‘< 10’ in the relevant cells.
    • The same holds true for the number of ‘Accounts specified’ — to minimize potential risk to our users, we do not including specific numbers if fewer than 10 users / accounts are specified; instead you’ll see ‘< 10’ in the relevant cells.
  • ‘Accounts specified’ includes the accounts identified in government requests we have received.
    • The total number may include the same account being requested more than once or requests for accounts that do not exist or were misidentified.
  • We may not comply with requests for a variety of reasons. For example:
    • We do not comply with requests that fail to identify a Twitter account.
    • We may seek to narrow requests that are overly broad.
    • In other cases, users may have challenged the requests after we’ve notified them.