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Transparency Report Archive

Adam Barton
posted this on February 25, 2014, 09:29

For more information on how we respond to requests for user information, please see our guidelines for requesting user information. If you're not sure what a term means, please see our definitions section at the bottom.

July 2013 - December 2013

From July to December 2013, we only received 7 warrants, 5 subpoenas, 1 civil subpoena, and 0 other requests about 13 user accounts.

Number and type of legal process from the government

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We only received law enforcement requests from agencies in the United States, and 11 of 12 requests were from state or local agencies. 

Number of requests from government

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State/Local: CA (4), FL (2), UT (2), NY (1), OR (1), WI (1)

Our policy is to give notice to users whose information has been requested unless prohibited by law (e.g., by protective order or applicable statute – see guidelines for more info). Of the 12 law enforcement requests we received, we were prohibited by law from notifying the user 3 times.

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Also, while the vast majority of requests are straightforward and routine, there are some occasions where we the nature, scope or content of the request is objectionable or defective in some way, in which case, we’ll reject the request.

Number of times we produced information (whether partially or fully)

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Quarterly Breakdown Archive

Below is our archive of prior transparency reports starting in July 2013. If you're not sure what a term means, please see our definitions section below the quarterly breakdown. 

October - December 2013

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%

User Notice: 1 (100%)

Rest of World Requests:

July - September 2013

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: 

Rest of World Requests: 0



  • 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.
  • 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).
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