Compliance Management, Privacy

Dropbox releases biannual transparency report

Dropbox received 268 government requests for user information from January to July this year, according to the company's most recent transparency report.

Search warrants accounted for the highest number of requests at 120 received. These led to 174 accounts being identified, and the company handing over account content 103 times.

The content could have included files stored in a user's Dropbox account, the user's name, email associated with the account, date of the account's creation, and other transactional information, such as IP addresses.

In addition to the search warrants, 109 subpoena requests, two court order requests, and up to 249 national security requests were received. The federal government does not allow Dropbox to disclose the exact number of national security requests.

The company said this year's numbers remained steady, meaning the number of requests grew proportionately to Dropbox's user base.

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