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Pinterest Reveals Its First Transparency Report 23

Posted by samzenpus
from the who-asked-what dept.
SmartAboutThings writes "There's been a lot of brouhaha surrounding privacy these days, and despite the fact that Pinterest isn't among the most targeted websites when it comes to government data requests, the company, which is said to have near 80 million users, has decided to make public its first ever transparency report. Given the nature of the service and the fact that it is much smaller than Facebook, it was only natural not to expect too many data requests. According to Pinterest's report, from July to December 2013, the company has received only 7 warrants, 5 subpoenas, 1 civil subpoena, and 0 other requests about 13 user accounts. Compare that to Microsoft which has received more than 35,000 requests during the second half of last year while Facebook received somewhere around 15,000."
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Pinterest Reveals Its First Transparency Report

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  • Why can't we see a copy of any of the actual requests?

    It's not much "transparency" if you're not showing us anything except high level statistics. We have no way of telling if these requests were abusive or not.

    Obviously there are subpoenas and warrants that are sealed, but it's rare that they're sealed indefinitely.

  • What exactly is the point of that website? From my point of view it went from "totally unknown" to "all pages have a Pinterest button/link next to Facebook and Twitter in their footer".

  • That the defendant did in fact pin the "Lime green lampshade with yellow and purple fringe" at 8:52pm on Friday March 7 of 2013. What does this have to do with anything you ask, besides possibly bad taste? I don't know but that's for you to decide isn;'t it?

  • by astro (20275)

    Ripe time to take up steganographry...

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