Transparency Report

Below you can find our most recent transparency report. If you're not sure what a term means, please see our definitions section at the bottom of this page. For more information on how we respond to requests for user information, please see our guidelines for requesting user information.

2018 Transparency Report

US Law Enforcement Information Requests

January - March 2018

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 6 4 4 3
Court order 1 1 1 0
Warrant 5 5 6 1
Total 12 10 11

4

April - June 2018

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 7 4 5 3
Court order 1 1 1 0
Warrant 4 6 6 3
Total 12 11 12 6

July - September 2018

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 10 8 12 6

Court order

2 2 2 1
Warrant 8 8 12 2
Total 20 18 28 9

October-December 2018

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 7 7 8 1
Court order 1 1 1 0
Warrant 5 5 5 1
Total 13 13 14 2

Non-US Government Information Requests

Time period Number of requests Some information produced Accounts Countries
January - March 2018 0 0 0 n/a
April - June 2018 0 0 0 n/a
July - September 2018 1 1 2 UK
October - December 2018 0 0 0 n/a

National Security Requests

Time period Number of requests
January - June 2018 0-249
July - December 2018 0-249

Government Content Removal Requests

Type of violation // Time period Community Guidelines violation Legal removals Total Did not comply
January - March 2018 India (1), Russia (21) Russia (4) 26 0
April - June 2018 India (3), Korea (31), Malaysia (1), Pakistan (1), Russia (9), Turkey (5) Russia (3) 53 0
July - September 2018 Russia (3), Turkey (5) Russia (5) 11 0
October - December 2018 France (1), Russia (13), Turkey (4) Russia (44), Turkey (5) 67 0

Definitions

Account info: basic account information such as user-provided email address, name, username, date/time of account creation, and IP addresses used to access Pinterest. It doesn't include content a user posts to Pinterest.
Accounts notified: the account owner was notified before production
Civil request: a civil litigation demand for account info (e.g. civil subpoena). We're prohibited by law from providing content in response to a civil request.
Community Guidelines violation: removal was requested by government agency, content was found to violate Pinterest Community Guidelines and was therefore removed.
Content: the content of communications users have made with or on Pinterest. This includes a user's Pins and Pin descriptions, comments, board names, likes, and who a user follows.
Federal: United States federal law enforcement (e.g. FBI) or other federal agencies (e.g. FTC).
Law enforcement: federal, state and local law enforcement (i.e. city/state police, FBI).
Legal process: any warrant, subpoena or other request from a government agency.
Legal removal: removal was requested by government agency, but content did not violate Pinterest Community guidelines and was therefore restricted from appearing only in the country where the request originated. The content is still available to all other users.
Non-US: non-United States federal, state or local law enforcement or agencies.
National security request: any national security letters and orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Other: other law enforcement requests such as wiretap orders, pen registers, trap and trace, and emergency disclosure requests.
Protective order: (i) a court order issued in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b); or (ii) an applicable state statute prohibiting or delaying notice.
State/local: United States state or local law enforcement (e.g. state/county attorneys, sheriffs, local police) and judicial bodies (e.g. state grand juries to county magistrates).

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