Government Requests and Copyrighted Content Takedown Notices (DMCA)

July 1, 2023 – December, 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.

*“கணக்கு அடையாளங்காட்டிகள்” என்பவை பயனர் தகவல்களைக் கோரும்போது சட்டச் செயல்முறையில் சட்ட அமலாக்கத்தால் குறிப்பிடப்பட்ட அடையாளங்காட்டிகளின்(எ.கா., பயனர்பெயர், மின்னஞ்சல் முகவரி மற்றும் தொலைபேசி எண் போன்றவை) எண்ணிக்கையைப் பிரதிபலிக்கிறது. சில சட்டச் செயல்முறைகளில் ஒன்றுக்கு மேற்பட்ட அடையாளங்காட்டிகள் இருக்கலாம். சில நிகழ்வுகளில், ஒற்றைக் கணக்கைப் பல அடையாளங்காட்டிகள் அடையாளம் காட்டலாம். பல கோரிக்கைகளில் ஒற்றை அடையாளங்காட்டிக் குறிப்பிடப்பட்ட நிகழ்வுகளில், ஒவ்வொரு நிகழ்வும் சேர்க்கப்படுகிறது.

**பிரேசில்க்காக காட்டப்பட்டுள்ள "பிற தகவல் கோரிக்கைகள்" முந்தைய கவனமற்ற பிழை சரி செய்ய மேம்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது.

United States National Security Requests

Requests for User Information pursuant to U.S. national security legal process. The following includes National Security Letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court Orders/Directives.

Governmental Content Removal Requests

This category identifies demands made by a government entity to remove content that would otherwise be permissible under our Terms of Service or Community Guidelines.

Note: Although we do not formally track when we remove content that violates our policies when a request has been made by a governmental entity, we believe it is an extremely rare occurrence. When we believe it is necessary to restrict content that is deemed unlawful in a particular country, but does not otherwise violate our policies, we seek to restrict access to it geographically when possible, rather than remove it globally.

As an additional note, our teams have begun to further improve our governmental takedown operations, to track the information required to be disclosed under the Digital Services Act. In future reports, we will roll out new data points in this category.

Notices of Copyright Infringement

This category reflects any valid request to remove content allegedly infringing copyright.