LinkedIn's Transparency Report about Government Requests for Member Data: First Half of 2015

October 15, 2015

At LinkedIn, our members are our top priority. This powers all of the decisions we make including being open and honest, especially when it comes to your data. Today we've published the latest installment of LinkedIn’s Transparency Report, summarizing government requests for member account data we received from January through June 2015. We publish this report twice a year to keep members informed of how often law enforcement and other government officials serve LinkedIn with subpoenas or court orders for member data, and how LinkedIn responds to such data requests.

Report preview: We received 112 requests from 7 countries (Bulgaria, Canada, France, India, Spain, UK and the U.S.) in this reporting period, seeking information pertaining to 161 member accounts. That reflects a small increase over the 100 requests received in the prior reporting period.

While government data requests reach only a tiny proportion of our 380M member base, we take each request seriously—pushing back if it’s defective or overbroad, and notifying each affected member whenever the law permits. In addition to reviewing each request, we have been pushing for reforms in the processes governments use to request member data. Read more about LinkedIn’s efforts in the Report.