Reddit discharged its first transparency review two weeks after the site reported redesigns to its security policy and client agreement. According to interim CEO Ellen Pao transparency regarding company protection practices and strategy is core value for Reddit. She also added at the time that company policies will not be changed without users’ feedback.
The 55 data demands made to Reddit iin 2014 incorporated 29 government subpoenas, eight federal search warrants, five appeals from global associations, seven “crisis” demands (normally associated with law enforcement) and six federal subpoenas. Reddit answered 58 percent of those with some or the all of the data asked. Reddit handed in the most data – 88 percent – in response to U.S. court orders. The organization, however, gave no data to any global organizations.
The report noted:
“Reddit is a U.S.-based company. As such, we will not turn over user information in response to a formal request by a non-U.S. government unless a U.S. court requires it.”
While the legislature demands for data delivered to Reddit are not anywhere close to those received by other Web companies, the firm has been a vocal backer of surveillance reform and an open Internet.
In June of 2013, Reddit joined many different groups in signing public letters to the U.S. Congress requesting an end to spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Reddit wrote in its report that in the event it were ever to get a National Security Letter, it would try to tell society about it. Numerous NSLs oblige that recipients not state publicly that they received such letters, a request that is as of now being investigated by a federal appeals court.
Reddit’s transparency report also noted that numerous government demands the company gets include requests to withhold notice from clients that have no legal interest. The report wrote that the company is constantly ignoring these non-tying requests. As per the same document, the company aims to give clients the data they need to look for lawful guidance before their records are uncovered.
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