Twitter Celebrates #DataPrivacyDay By Releasing Another Transparency Report

Did you know that today is #DataPrivacyDay? Well, it is. And to celebrate, Twitter is scaring the pants off of misguided kiddies and other online miscreants by releasing its second transparency report.

The good news? Twitter has complied with fewer requests overall.

But the bad news is that there are more requests – so more government entities are aware that this option exists, they’re just not doing it right. Yet.

This new and improved transparency report introduces “more granular details regarding information requests from the United States, expanding the scope of the removal requests and copyright notices sections, and adding Twitter site accessibility data.”

Why is Twitter releasing this info?

We believe the open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. To that end, it is vital for us (and other Internet services) to be transparent about government requests for user information and government requests to withhold content from the Internet; these growing inquiries can have a serious chilling effect on free expression – and real privacy implications.

So in Q3 and Q4 of 2012, the number of requests went up in the United States (from 679 in Q1 and Q2 to 815), but whereas Twitter handed over 75% of the information requested in Q1 and Q2, it only gave up 69% of your private data in this latest round.

AND you can see that worldwide requests offer similar statistics. Compare the 849 requests with 63% given in Q1 and Q2 to the 1009 requests made in Q3 and Q4 – they only turned over 57% of the requested info.

But, as we mentioned, that’s likely because more folks are realizing they can ask and haven’t figured out the proper way to do it yet (or, more likely, they didn’t count on Twitter sticking to its guns and only releasing info when required by law, regardless of pressure).

Have questions about what Twitter requires before it releases your info to law enforcement? You can read all about THAT here.

(Data image from Twitter blog)