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Pinterest Releases Transparency Report
By: Jessica Cherok
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Is the government trying to look at what you’re pinning? Apparently not. According to Pinterest’s first ever transparency report, the feds aren’t interested in what is on your boards.

According to the report, a mere 12 government requests were submitted to Pinterest from July to December 2013. Of those 12, only one was from a federal agency. The rest of the requests came in the form of warrants, subpoenas, and from state/local governments.

When you compare that to the number of requests Facebook and Twitter are rumored to be receiving, Pinterest’s statistics are incredibly low.

Pinterest’s policy is to give notice to users whose information has been requested, unless the company is somehow prohibited by law. You can find out more information about how the company handles requests for user information here.  

In a blog post, Pinterest’s Adam Barton stated:

“Every company that stores information — from banks to phone companies to email providers — must respond to requests for that information from folks like law enforcement agencies, courts, and others. We think it’s important that you know about these requests. That’s why we’re publishing our first transparency report, covering the six months from July to December 2013.”

Barton also states that Pinterest plans to release transparency reports every six months.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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