Transparency Report

Below you can find our current and previous quarterly transparency reports, dating back to July 2013. 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.

2017 H1 Transparency Report

US Law Enforcement Information Requests

January - March 2017

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 37 33 42 18
Court Order 2 2 2 0

Warrant

39 39 42 22
Total 78 74 86 40

April - June 2017

Types Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Accounts Notified
Subpoena 22 21 24 8
Court Order 0 0 0 0

Warrant

20 19 20 5
Total 42 40 44 13


Non-US Government Information Requests

Time Period Number of Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Countries
January - March 2017 0 0 0 n/a
April - June 2017 0 0 0 n/a

National Security Requests

Time Period Number of Requests
January - June 2017 0-249

Government Content Removal Requests

Time Period Number of Requests Complied with Countries
January - March 2017 72 72 Russia, South Korea
April - June 2017 52 52 Russia


2016 Transparency Report

US Law Enforcement Information Requests


January - March 2016

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 5 5 5 1
Court Order 1 1 1 0

Warrant

0 0 0 0
Total 6 6 6 1

April - June 2016

Types Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Accounts Notified
Subpoena 8 6 13 2
Court Order 1 1 12 0

Warrant

9 8 10 1
Total 18 15 35 3

July - September 2016

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 14 11 75 71
Court Order 1 1 1 1

Warrant

5 5 8 5
Total 20 17 84 77

October - December 2016

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 10 10 12 4
Court Order 1 1 2 0

Warrant

15 14 18 2
Total 26 25 32 6


Non-US Government Information Requests

Time Period Number of Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Countries
January - March 2016 0 0 0 n/a
April - June 2016 0 0 0 n/a
July - September 2016 0 0 0 n/a
October - December 2016 0 0 0 n/a

National Security Requests

Time Period Number of Requests
January 2016 - June 2016 0-249
July 2016 - December 2016 0-249

Government Content Removal Requests

Time Period Number of Requests Complied with Countries
January - March 2016 1 0 USA
April - June 2016 1 0 USA
July - September 2016 6 6 RUSSIA
October - December 2016 1 1 RUSSIA


2015 Transparency Report

US Law Enforcement Information Requests


January - March 2015

Types Requests Some information produced Accounts Accounts notified
Subpoena 7 7 10 4
Court Order 0 0 0 0

Warrant

2 2 3 0
Total 9 9 13 4

April - June 2015

Types Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Accounts Notified
Subpoena 9 8 11 7
Court Order 4 3 6 0

Warrant

6 6 8 6
Total 19 17 25 13

July - September 2015

Types Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Accounts Notified
Subpoena 8 8 9 3
Court Order 1 1 2 0

Warrant

2 2 2 2
Total 11 11 13 5

October - December 2015

Types Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Accounts Notified
Subpoena 6 6 6 2
Court Order 0 0 0 0

Warrant

1 1 1 0
Total 7 7 7 2

Non-US Government Information Requests

Time Period Number of Requests Some Information Produced Accounts Countries
October - December 2015 1 0 1 Germany
July - September 2015 0 0 0 n/a
April - June 2015 0 0 0 n/a
January  - March 2015 0 0 0 0


National Security Requests

Time Period Number of Requests
July 2015 - December 2015 0-249
January 2015 - June 2015 0-249

Government Content Removal Requests

Time Period Number of Requests Complied with Countries
October - December 2015 1 1 Russia
July - September 2015 3 3 Russia (3)
April - June 2015 0 0 n/a
January - March 2015 0 0 n/a

2014 Quarterly Reports

January - March 2014

Government Content Removal Requests: 0

United States Law Enforcement Requests; Number of accounts: 7

Warrant: 0 (0%); Protective Orders Obtained: 0

Subpoena: 7 (100%); Protective Order Obtained: 4

  • Grand Jury: 5 (72% of subpoenas)

  • Administrative: 2 (28% of subpoenas)

National security: 0

Other:  0

Requesting party & compliance

Federal: 2 (2 subpoenas); Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

State/Local: MN (2), FL (1), IL (1), CA (1); Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

United States Civil Requests: 0

Rest of World Requests: Australia (1); Number of accounts: 1 ; Compliance w/partial or full production: 0%

April - June 2014

Government Content Removal Requests: 0

United States Law Enforcement Requests; Number of accounts: 19

Warrant: 3 (33%); Protective Orders Obtained: 2

Subpoena: 6 (67%); Protective Order Obtained: 1

  • Administrative: 4 (67% of subpoenas)

  • Court: 2 (33% of subpoenas)

National security: 0

Other:  0

Requesting party & compliance

Federal: 3 (2 warrants, 1 subpoena); Compliance w/partial or full production: 33%

State/Local: WI (2), MO (1), OH (1), GA (1), CA (1); Compliance w/partial or full production: 83%

United States Civil Requests: 0

Rest of World Law Enforcement Requests: Canada (1); Number of accounts: 3 ; Compliance w/partial or full production: 0%

July - Sept 2014

Government Content Removal Requests: 0

United States Law Enforcement Requests; Number of accounts: 15

Warrant: 3 (43%); Protective Orders Obtained: 3

Subpoena: 7 (57%); Protective Order Obtained: 4

  • Grand Jury: 4 (57% of subpoenas)

  • Administrative: 0 (0% of subpoenas)

  • Court: 3 (43% of subpoenas)

National security: 0

Other:  0

Requesting party & compliance

Federal: 4 (1 warrant, 3 subpoenas); Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

State/Local: CA (1), PA (1), NJ (1), TX (1), AK (1), TN (1); Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

United States Civil Requests: 3 ; Compliance w/partial or full production: 66%

Rest of World Requests: None; Number of accounts: 0 ; Compliance w/partial or full production: 0%

Oct - Dec 2014

Government Content Removal Requests: 0

United States Law Enforcement Requests; Number of accounts: 19

Warrant: 4 (30%); Protective Orders Obtained: 3

Subpoena: 9 (60%); Protective Order Obtained: 6

  • Grand Jury: 5 (55 % of subpoenas)

  • Administrative: 1 (11% of subpoenas)

  • Court: 3 (33% of subpoenas)

National security: 0

Other:  0

Requesting party & compliance

Federal: 4 (0 warrants, 4 subpoena); Compliance w/partial or full production: 75%

State/Local: MI (1), IL (1), MN (1), AZ (1), ID (1), WI (1), VI (1), PA (1), ND (1); Compliance w/partial or full production: 77%

United States Civil Requests: 0

Rest of World Requests: None; Number of accounts: 0 ; Compliance w/partial or full production: 0%


2013 Quarterly Reports

October - December 2013

Government Content Removal Requests: 0

United States Law Enforcement Requests; Number of accounts: 5 

Warrant: 3 (60%); Protective Orders Obtained: 0 

Subpoena: 2 (40%); Protective Order Obtained: 0

  • Grand Jury: 1 (50% of subpoenas)
  • Court: 1 (50% of subpoenas)

Other:  0

National security: 0

Requesting party & compliance: 

Federal: 0

State/Local: CA (2), FL (1), UT (1), OR (1); Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

United States Civil Requests: 1 (100%); Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

Rest of World Requests: 0 

July - September 2013

Government Content Removal Requests: 0

United States Law Enforcement Requests; Number of accounts: 7

Warrant: 4 (57%); Protective Orders Obtained: 2 

Subpoena: 3 (43%); Protective Order Obtained: 1

  • Grand Jury: 1 (33% of subpoenas)
  • Court: 2 (66% of subpoenas)

Other:  0 

National security: 0

Requesting party & compliance: 

Federal: 1; Compliance w/partial or full production: 100%

State/Local: CA (2), FL (1), UT (1); NY (1) & WI (1); Compliance w/partial or full production: 83%

United States Civil Requests: 0 

Rest of World Law Enforcement Requests: 0


Definitions

  • Account info means 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.
  • Civil request means 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.
  • Content means 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 means United States federal law enforcement (e.g. FBI) or other federal agencies (e.g. FTC). 
  • Law enforcement means federal, state and local law enforcement (i.e. city/state police, FBI).
  • Legal process means any warrant, subpoena or other request from a government agency.
  • non-US means non-United States federal, state or local law enforcement or agencies.
  • National security request means any national security letters and orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
  • Other means other law enforcement requests such as wiretap orders, pen registers, trap and trace, and emergency disclosure requests.
  • Protective order means a: (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 means 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).