First Transparency Report Provides by the Pinterest that Joins Other Social Giants. Pinterest on Friday unveiled the company’s first transparency report, a document detailing the number of information requests Pinterest received in the past six months from both state and federal government agencies.
Unlike other social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the report confirms the government doesn’t often turn to Pinterest to gather user information.
In the six months from July to December in 2013, there were only 12 government requests, including none from agencies outside the United States. Only one of the requests was from a federal agency, and Pinterest produced information for 11 of the 12 requests.
“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,” wrote Adam Barton, a project manager at Pinterest, in a blog post. “We think it’s important that you know about these requests.”
These numbers are much smaller than those that were revealed in transparency reports for other social networks. Twitter, which has been publishing transparency reports since 2012,received 1,410 requests in the last six months of 2013. Facebook received around 38,000 requests in the first six months of 2013.
Transparency reports became a hot commodity after media reports surfaced last summer stated tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Yahoo were sharing user data with the U.S. National Security Agency. All three companies released their first transparency reports in the aftermath of the NSA reports.