LinkedIn Releases Semiannual Transparency Report

In numbers that pale in comparison to those reported by Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn received 145 government requests for information in the first half of 2016.

In numbers that pale in comparison to those reported by Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn announced Thursday that it received 145 government requests for information in the first half of 2016, up slightly from 139 in the second half of 2015.

The professional network released its semiannual Transparency Report Thursday, saying in a blog post:

Our commitment to members led us to work with the Global Network Initiative and undergo a comprehensive, independent assessment of our practices surrounding privacy and freedom of expression. In July, GNI’s board of directors announced that, based on a detailed evaluation of the assessment, LinkedIn was compliant with the GNI’s principles. The full report on LinkedIn’s assessment is available here.

Along with our peers, we have noticed a large number of requests being accompanied by nondisclosure (or “gag”) orders, as compared to previous reporting periods. These orders limit our ability to be transparent and override our policy to let affected members know of any government requests concerning their accounts. Recently, we joined an amicus brief, along with a number of other technology companies including Amazon, Google, and others, in support of a challenge raised by Microsoft to the current use of nondisclosure orders.

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