Summary of All Requests for User Information in 2013

In 2013, we received 462 requests from government agencies for information corresponding to 529 Tumblr URLs. In the next few posts, we will explain how we evaluated and responded to these requests.[1]

When reviewing this information, please keep in mind a few important points:

  • Account data includes registration email address, how long a Tumblr account has been registered, login IP address, and IP address used to make a post.

  • Blog content includes the posts made to a blog, both public or private. Posts can be one of Tumblr’s seven post types, including text, audio, images, or videos.

  • In cases in which we produced blog content, we also produced account data. So the “Blog Content Produced” category is a small subset of the “Account Data Produced” category.

Above is a summary of all of the government requests we received in 2013, along with our responses. If these numbers seem U.S.-centric for a service that receives roughly half of its traffic from outside the U.S., remember that Tumblr is based in New York City and has no offices abroad, so most of the requests we receive are from U.S.-based law enforcement officials.

In 2013, Tumblr provided information, whether data or content, in response to 76% of all requests made, covering 428 blog URLs. This represents approximately 0.00026% of all blogs on Tumblr. Tumblr refused to produce anything at all in response to 24% of the government requests for user information that it received in 2013.

The majority of our domestic requests consisted of subpoenas, followed by search warrants. As shown above, Tumblr produced blog content in response to 31% of domestic requests, account data in response to 84% of domestic requests, and nothing at all in response to 16% of domestic requests. In cases where no content or data was produced, the requests may have been withdrawn, or were defective, or we may have objected to the requests on legal grounds.