In what is gradually becoming a trend these days, Pinterest has joined Twitter and Dropbox, to also make public their transparency reports.
Pinterest’s first full-year transparency report shows that it received 41 requests for user data, with vast majority of this coming from the United States. As a matter of fact, 39 requests, which covered 54 Pinterest accounts, came from the United States, two from Canada and Australia, reports TNW.
“We received requests from law enforcement agencies in the United States (39 request for 54 accounts), Canada (1 request for 3 accounts) and Australia (1 request for 1 account).”
10 of the requests which came from the United States were from warrants, while the other 29 were subpoenas. Pinterest made it known that it always keeps users informed of data requests unless on occasions where the law prohibits such action; and that was why it was unable to do so on 16 different cases.
“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 39 US law enforcement requests we received, we were prohibited by law from notifying the user 16 times. None of the 3 civil requests we recieved prohibited us from notifying the user,” said Pinterest.
While information for most of those, which it claimed were “straightforward and routine” were made available by Pinterest, it refused to grant 9 requests it felt were exceptionable, according to TNW.
“While the vast majority of requests are straightforward and routine, there are some occasions where we think the nature, scope or content of the request is objectionable or defective in some way, in which case, we’ll reject the request.”
Requests received by Pinterest are relatively low when compared to Twitter, which received 2,871 requests covering 7,144 user accounts in the second half of last year. This is however, understandable considering the fact that Pinterest has significantly smaller requests.
Just like it led in the number of requests made by countries in the case of Pinterest, the United States also did the same in the case of Twitter, but with a much higher request. The United States sent in more requests than any other country as 56 percent was received by Twitter. 1,662 data requests from the United States were received by the microblogging company, of information for 80 percent was provided by Twitter.