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 12 61 85 26 184 220
Australia 41 135 213 12 401 562
Austria 0 5 0 0 5 8
Brazil 48 65 125 51 289 448
Canada 1 4 8 6 19 29
Chile 0 1 0 0 1 1
Colombia 0 3 0 0 3 3
France 193 1,013 480 0 1,686 1,966
Germany 68 1,226 323 0 1,617 2,354
Greece 0 3 0 0 3 3
Hong Kong 30 57 156 3 246 254
Hungary 0 2 0 0 2 2
India 91 280 204 172 747 1,038
Ireland 1 8 7 8 24 86
Italy 13 332 33 0 378 489
Malta 0 15 0 0 15 21
Mexico 10 12 25 2 49 70
New Zealand 0 3 0 4 7 8
Norway 0 1 0 0 1 1
Portugal 0 3 0 0 3 3
San Marino 0 1 0 0 1 1
Singapore 12 44 25 4 85 87
Spain 4 151 10 0 165 304
Sweden 0 5 0 0 5 5
Switzerland 0 3 0 0 3 3
Taiwan 81 148 1,432 8 1,669 2,662
Turkey 0 3 0 0 3 4
United Kingdom 209 834 657 0 1,700 3,535
United States** 410 246 2,706 1,098 4,460 9,373
Global Total 1,224 4,664 6,489 1,394 13,771 23,540
** 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
100 389 75%
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