Government Requests for User Data: USA Leads in Total Requests

For accurate comparisons of per capita user data request and company compliance behavior, you need to divide the number of requests by the country's total Internet population.

Countries with Most Requests per Million Internet Users: A Map

The size of the bubble reflects the total number of data requests per country. It does not reflect requests per million Internet users. On a normalized basis, countries like Brazil and India file far fewer per capita requests than BelgiumAustraliaTurkey, Italy and Portugal.

(Note: The data excludes  the French Southern TerritoriesSouth Sudan and North Korea. There is no Internet population data available for those countries). 

Rejected User Data Requests: Which Countries Received a "No".

Not all data requests lead to data disclosure.  Each service providers has its legal procedures and guidelines for accepting governments' inquiries. Generally speaking, governments' requests don't produce data if the requested information is inexistent, if inquiries aren't accurate and specific enough, or if they have no legal grounding. The following table groups countries that have an average compliance rate lower than 40% (the headers refer to the percentage ranges). This indicates that - for unspecified reasons - all or more than half of the requests these countries submitted were dismissed.

To put these numbers in perspective, the bar chart below the table shows the distribution of the compliance rate for all countries.  Click on any country to see its track record. For more accurate comparison, you can also customize the chart to filter out countries with a small number of requests, by setting a minimum threshold (e.g. more than 500) for this variable.

Want to know more about each country's data requests countries? Explore the database.

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