Information requests

January 1 – June 30, 2013
CountryAccount information requestsPercentage where some information producedAccounts specified
Argentina < 10 0% < 10
Australia < 10 25% 58
Austria - - -
Belgium - - -
Brazil 22 32% 44
Bulgaria - - -
Canada 12 17% 13
Denmark - - -
Ecuador < 10 100% < 10
France 18 11% 35
Germany < 10 17% < 10
Greece < 10 0% < 10
India < 10 0% < 10
Indonesia - - -
Ireland < 10 100% < 10
Israel - - -
Italy 22 0% 22
Japan 87 16% 103
Korea, Republic of < 10 0% < 10
Kuwait < 10 0% < 10
Mexico 11 0% 19
Netherlands < 10 33% < 10
Peru - - -
Philippines < 10 0% < 10
Portugal - - -
Qatar - - -
Saudi Arabia < 10 0% < 10
Singapore < 10 0% < 10
South Sudan - - -
Spain 13 0% 14
Sweden - - -
Switzerland < 10 0% < 10
Turkey < 10 0% < 10
United Kingdom 26 15% 29
United States 902 67% 1,319
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of < 10 0% < 10
TOTAL 1,157 55% 1,697
NOTE: The data in these reports is as accurate as possible, but may not be 100% comprehensive.

About the numbers

The United States leads the way, comprising 78% of all requests received. Japan remains the second largest requester with a total of 8% of overall requests, up from 6% in July - December 2012. Brazil dropped from third overall in the last report to the number four spot with the United Kingdom moving up to number three, comprising 3% of total requests received during the first half of 2013.

Since the inception of our Transparency Report in July 2012, we have received inquiries from a total of 36 different governments. From January - June 2013, we received requests from 26 different governments, with an increase of ~15% since July - December 2012.

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.