Twice each year, we publish a Transparency Report describing the number of government data requests we received and how we responded to them. Today, we’re updating and expanding our report. The update details the government data requests we received in the first half of 2015. We’re expanding the report to cover government requests to block content.
At Dropbox, we want to be as transparent as possible about government requests for user information. We publish a Transparency Report twice a year to share the number of requests we’ve received, and we’ve laid out principles that guide how we handle these requests. Since today is international Data Privacy Day, it’s a perfect time to provide you with an update.
Over the past year, revelations about government surveillance have shown that we need more transparency into when and how government agencies get access to people’s information online. That’s why we regularly publish a Transparency Report detailing how many government data requests we receive. For the past two years, we published our report annually, but starting today we’ll release it every six months so people have up-to-date information and can watch more closely for trends.
There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s why we’ve been fighting for transparency and government surveillance reform, and why we’ve been vocal and public with our principles and values. We should have been clearer that none of this is going to change with Dr. Rice’s appointment to our Board. Our commitment to your rights and your privacy is at the heart of every decision we make, and this will continue.
We know that these types of updates are really important to you, and we want to help you understand them. Here’s a walk-through of the major changes:
Arbitration. We’re adding arbitration clauses to our Terms of Service and Dropbox for Business online agreement.