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 19 33 53 50 155 240
    Australia 45 142 191 16 394 621
    Bahrain 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Belgium 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Brazil 37 60 90 42 229 282
    Canada 0 6 1 3 10 18
    Colombia 0 2 0 0 2 6
    Denmark 0 2 0 0 2 2
    Finland 0 1 0 0 1 1
    France 83 774 284 0 1,141 1,407
    Germany 106 1,459 345 0 1,910 2,683
    Greece 1 1 0 0 2 2
    Hong Kong 19 26 56 0 101 333
    Hungary 0 4 0 0 4 5
    India 100 341 248 156 845 1,178
    Ireland 10 23 13 8 54 89
    Israel 0 2 0 0 2 3
    Italy 24 581 80 0 685 859
    Malaysia 0 13 0 0 13 17
    Malta 0 8 0 0 8 9
    Mexico 17 13 37 1 68 79
    Netherlands 0 7 0 0 7 9
    New Zealand 1 0 1 6 8 10
    Norway 0 7 0 0 7 11
    Portugal 0 11 0 0 11 11
    Romania 0 1 0 0 1 1
    San Marino 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Singapore 1 37 28 5 71 84
    Slovakia 0 2 0 0 2 2
    Spain 19 143 30 0 192 519
    Sweden 0 3 0 0 3 3
    Switzerland 0 6 0 0 6 8
    Taiwan 183 124 1,752 22 2,081 3,193
    United Kingdom 106 989 475 0 1,570 2,240
    United States** 563 258 2,887 1,157 4,865 9,752
    ** 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
    147 179 61%


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  • Country No Data Found Rejected Only NCD Disclosed Content Disclosed Total Government Data Requests Total Government Specified Accounts
    Albania 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Argentina 14 39 89 34 176 246
    Armenia 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Australia 37 150 176 12 375 557
    Austria 0 5 0 0 5 10
    Belgium 0 4 0 0 4 16
    Brazil 41 75 74 42 232 296
    Canada 2 6 1 6 15 29
    Colombia 0 2 1 0 3 3
    Costa Rica 0 2 0 0 2 2
    Côte d’Ivoire 0 1 0 0 1 2
    Denmark 0 3 0 0 3 6
    France 65 734 414 23 1,236 1,529
    Germany 225 1,529 1,058 64 2,876 4,157
    Hong Kong 6 3 13 2 24 330
    Hungary 0 3 0 0 3 3
    India 128 422 296 155 1,001 1,732
    Ireland 9 24 11 4 48 78
    Italy 206 381 559 48 1,194 1,488
    Lebanon 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Lithuania 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Malaysia 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Malta 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Mexico 5 18 59 7 89 117
    Netherlands 0 9 0 0 9 9
    New Zealand 1 4 1 1 7 7
    Norway 0 5 0 0 5 7
    Poland 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Portugal 0 7 0 0 7 7
    Singapore 5 42 34 11 92 128
    Slovakia 0 1 0 0 1 2
    Slovenia 0 1 0 0 1 1
    South Korea 0 2 0 0 2 3
    Spain 26 127 52 32 237 398
    Sweden 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Switzerland 0 6 0 0 6 11
    Taiwan 143 157 2,400 33 2,733 4,759
    United Kingdom 167 575 578 88 1,408 2,037
    United States** 773 382 4,240 1,396 6,791 12,533
    ** 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
    88 126 66%


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  • Country No Data Found Rejected Only NCD Disclosed Content Disclosed Total Government Data Requests Total Government Specified Accounts
    Argentina 31 43 149 53 276 346
    Australia 78 204 300 26 608 683
    Brazil 52 111 109 54 326 393
    Canada 0 2 0 7 9 22
    France 161 298 1,132 106 1,697 2,049
    Germany 345 688 2,004 149 3,186 4,164
    Hong Kong 46 196 296 7 545 545
    India 88 406 368 216 1,078 2,337
    Ireland 0 18 9 3 30 30
    Italy 181 257 1,333 138 1,909 2,150
    Mexico 23 33 98 10 164 267
    New Zealand 3 1 1 2 7 7
    Singapore 6 59 58 3 126 196
    Spain 39 51 313 126 529 555
    Taiwan 105 59 2,456 41 2,661 4,466
    United Kingdom 156 435 679 417 1,687 2,488
    United States** 604 539 4,199 1,245 6,587 11,795
    ** These numbers do not include U.S. national security requests reported in more detail on the U.S.-specific page.

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  • Country No Data Found Rejected Only NCD Disclosed Content Disclosed Total Government Data Requests Total Government Specified Accounts
    Argentina 27 36 91 32 186 210
    Australia 146 242 305 11 704 799
    Brazil 54 51 146 57 308 385
    Canada 0 1 2 26 29 43
    France 207 324 1,121 203 1,855 2,373
    Germany 440 816 2,812 227 4,295 5,306
    Hong Kong 307 0 527 5 839 839
    India 155 500 494 341 1,490 2,704
    Ireland 0 2 12 3 17 17
    Italy 279 584 1,501 273 2,637 2,937
    Mexico 16 38 88 8 150 202
    New Zealand 1 1 2 5 9 9
    Singapore 7 56 73 2 138 189
    Spain 85 133 345 155 718 958
    Taiwan 109 46 1,736 51 1,942 2,650
    United Kingdom 146 456 760 347 1,709 2,832
    United States** 801 241 6,798 4,604 12,444 40,322
    ** These numbers include U.S. national security requests reported in more detail on the U.S.-specific page.

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