Above: Dropbox cofounder and CEO Drew Houston.
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Dropbox announced its first six-month transparency report today, revealing 268 law enforcement requests “for user information” and between 0 and 249 national security requests from January to June 2014.
Prior to this update, Dropbox only released transparency reports annually. According to Dropbox’s corporate blog, the change was made “so people have up-to-date information and can watch more closely for trends.”
Out of the hundreds of affected accounts, Dropbox shares that it notified just 91 users of search warrant requests, court orders, and subpoenas. The San Francisco-based company called the number of requests “small” when compared to its “300 million users.”
Dropbox insists that it treats “all the requests we receive seriously and scrutinize them to make sure they satisfy legal requirements before complying. We also push back in cases where agencies are seeking too much information or haven’t followed the proper procedures,” Dropbox said.
Dropbox has been under fire from privacy advocates lately; it has been ever since it was named in the Snowden leaks as a member of the NSA’s Prism program. The addition of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Dropbox’s board also drew criticism, as Rice has publicly supported warrantless wiretaps in the past.