Governments Requests at Peak Levels: More Companies Respond by Publishing Transparency Reports

Google began publishing Transparency Reports in 2009. A Transparency Report details the number of requests for user data that a company receives from the government and how often the company complies with the request. In the last six months of that year, Google received 12,500 requests from governments around the world. Three-and-a-half years later, Google was receiving twice as many requests. 

Across nearly all companies filing Transparency Reports, government requests for user data are  increasing over time. The following graphs show trend requests over time for companies that have published more than one transparency report. We split the findings into two graphs to improve readability.

Companies with more than 10,000 requests every six months

Companies with less than 10,000 requests every six months



*Note: An exception is Sonic.net, which logged 22 and 16 total inquiries for 2011-2012. 

Number of Service Providers Publishing Transparency Reports: Six-Month Breakdowns







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