At Tumblr, we believe it’s important to provide everyone – from occasional visitors to our most active community members – with an open, safe, and transparent platform for self-expression.
Consistent with our core principles, we’d like to shine some light on an issue that is deeply important to both our community and the greater public: government requests for user information.
Like many Internet platforms, Tumblr received requests for user information in 2013 from U.S. and non-U.S. government agencies. To help make sure that such requests are precise and lawful, last year we published Law Enforcement Guidelines, which provide government agencies with strict guidance on how to submit requests. Even so, sometimes we receive government requests that are unclear, overbroad, or defective. In those cases, and in accordance with recognized laws and our policies, we push back on behalf of our users.
For the sake of transparency, and to ensure that our users are well informed, we’re publishing a series of posts on this blog explaining how, when, and why governments requested information about Tumblr users in 2013, and how we responded to those requests. These posts, which together comprise our 2013 Law Enforcement Transparency Report, cover the following topics:
- Tumblr’s Process and Policies
- Transparency Report Data
- Providing User Notice
- National Security Issues
Going forward, we plan to publish a transparency report here every six months.
As always, we welcome your feedback: ask us your questions via the Ask feature on this page, or share comments/suggestions by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.