1. Transparency Report

Government Data Requests

We fight any requests that we deem unclear, improper, overbroad, or unlawful.

Ron Bell, Yahoo General Counsel

For each country listed below, we report the number of government requests for user data received, the number of accounts specified in the requests, and the number of requests with which we complied (in whole or in part). While we can’t control the number of requests, we demand that government data requests be made through lawful means and for lawful purposes.

We carefully scrutinize each request to make sure that it complies with the law, and we push back on those requests that don’t satisfy our rigorous standards. When we are compelled to disclose data, consistent with our Global Principles for Responding to Government Requests, we disclose only as much data as is necessary to comply with the request.

Requests By Country

Country No Data Found Rejected Only NCD Disclosed Content Disclosed Total Government Data Requests Total Government Specified Accounts
Argentina 22 51 50 17 140 156
Australia 45 107 147 10 309 343
Belgium 0 11 0 0 11 11
Brazil 24 50 76 49 199 250
Canada 0 10 1 6 17 24
Chile 0 1 0 0 1 8
Colombia 0 3 3 3 9 14
Denmark 0 4 0 0 4 5
France 97 627 319 0 1,043 1,230
Germany 110 1,131 413 0 1,654 2,485
Greece 0 4 0 0 4 4
Hong Kong 17 34 178 0 229 233
Hungary 0 2 0 0 2 3
India 66 314 170 138 688 1,110
Ireland 0 6 7 4 17 23
Israel 0 3 0 0 3 4
Italy 28 299 51 0 378 504
Lithuania 0 2 0 0 2 2
Malaysia 0 1 0 0 1 1
Malta 0 21 0 0 21 22
Mexico 2 18 21 2 43 59
Netherlands 0 3 0 0 3 3
New Zealand 0 2 1 1 4 6
Norway 0 2 0 0 2 2
Pakistan 0 2 0 0 2 2
Poland 0 2 0 0 2 2
Portugal 0 7 0 0 7 7
Qatar 0 1 0 0 1 1
San Marino 0 1 0 0 1 1
Singapore 8 37 51 5 101 115
Slovakia 0 1 0 0 1 2
Spain 16 132 43 0 191 312
Sweden 0 20 0 0 20 44
Switzerland 0 6 0 0 6 7
Taiwan 77 85 1,381 14 1,557 2,424
Turkey 0 2 0 0 2 4
United Kingdom 131 606 545 0 1,282 1,680
United States** 449 187 2,958 1,115 4,709 9,408
Global Total 1,092 3,795 6,415 1,364 12,666 20,511
** These numbers do not include U.S. national security requests reported in more detail on the U.S.-specific page.



Emergency Disclosure Requests (Global)

In addition to Government Data Requests, Yahoo receives requests from governments seeking information in emergency situations, i.e. the disclosure of information is sought to save a life or prevent serious physical harm. The chart below represents the number of such requests that Yahoo received globally during the reporting period, the number of accounts specified in those requests, and the percentage of the requests that resulted in the disclosure of some information.

Number of Requests Number of Accounts Percentage of Requests Resulting in Disclosure of Data
163 281 74%
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