Information requests include worldwide government requests we’ve received for account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations.
Information requests (government)
January 1 - June 30, 2014
|Country||Account information requests||Percentage where some information produced||Accounts specified|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1*||0%||1|
|United Arab Emirates||6||0%||6|
About the numbers
We’ve received 46% more requests for account information affecting 48% more account holders during the first half of 2014 than in the previous reporting period. The continued rise may be attributed to Twitter’s ongoing international expansion, but also appears to follow the industry trend. As always, we continue to fight to provide notice to affected users when we’re not otherwise prohibited.
Despite our global growth, the United States continues to make the majority of requests for account information, comprising 61% of all requests received (up 2% from last report). Of the remaining 39%, Japan remains the next largest requester, constituting ~9% of overall requests (down from 15% during the second half of 2013). Excluding the twelve countries that submitted emergency disclosure requests only, Brazil and the United Kingdom each comprised ~4% of worldwide requests.
It’s also worth noting that Brazil, Spain, and Turkey all more than doubled their previous respective volume, with Brazil submitting more than three times as many requests (from 20 to 77).
We notify affected users of requests for their account information unless we’re prohibited.
- More information about user notice is available in our Guidelines for Law Enforcement.
Countries with an asterisk (*) in the ‘Account information requests’ column have submitted emergency requests only.
- More information about emergency disclosure requests is available in our Guidelines for Law Enforcement.
‘Accounts specified’ includes Twitter and Vine accounts identified in government requests we have received.
- The number may include duplicate accounts 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.