Government Requests and Intellectual Property Removal Requests
Government Requests and Copyrighted Content Takedown Notices (DMCA)
January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023
A critical part of our work to make Snapchat safer is cooperating with law enforcement and government agencies to fulfill valid requests for information to assist in investigations. We also work to proactively escalate any content that could involve imminent threats to life or bodily harm.
While most content on Snapchat deletes by default, we work to preserve and provide account information to government agencies in accordance with applicable law. Once we have received and established the validity of a legal request for Snapchat account records — which is important in verifying the request is being made by a legitimate law enforcement or government agency and not a bad actor — we respond in compliance with applicable law and privacy requirements.
The charts below detail the types of requests we support from law enforcement and government agencies, including subpoenas and summons, court orders, search warrants, and emergency disclosure requests.
Also, the percentage of requests for which some data was produced is calculated as of the publication date, based on requests received within the reporting period. In infrequent situations where a request was determined to contain a deficiency -- leading Snap not to produce data -- and law enforcement later submitted an amended, valid request after publication of the transparency report, the later production of data would not be reflected in the original or subsequent reporting periods.
United States Government Information Requests
Requests for User Information from U.S. government entities.
International Government Information Requests
Requests for User Information from government entities outside the United States.
* “Account Identifiers” reflects the number of identifiers (e.g., username, email address, and phone number) belonging to a single account specified by law enforcement in legal process when requesting user information. Some legal process may include more than one identifier. In some instances, multiple identifiers may identify a single account. In instances where a single identifier is specified in multiple requests, each instance is included.
**The “Other Information Requests” figure displayed for Brazil has been updated to correct an earlier inadvertent error.