Transparency reports have pretty much become a must-have for Internet companies, with the big companies like Facebook and Google releasing massive reports regularly. Smaller companies like Reddit, however, have been a bit slower due mainly to the fact that there’s very little for them to actually report, but they do it anyway and Pinterest is the latest such company to do so.
Pinterest just released its first full-year transparency report. In 2014, the digital pinboard site received 39 requests for information about 54 accounts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Both Canada and Australia filed one request each last year — none of which yielded any information from Pinterest. Last year, Pinterest reported receiving seven warrants, five subpoenas, one civil subpoena, and no other requests for 13 user accounts, from July to December 2013. Though last year was only a half-year report, the jump in requests may seem significant. But, in reality, Pinterest’s transparency report is very similar to that of social sharing site Reddit. In 2014, Pinterest received 29 subpoenas. Most were grand jury subpoenas, eight were court subpoenas, and the remaining seven were administrative. There were also 10 warrants.