Following up its latest transparency report revealing the number of user data requests it receives from government agencies.Dropbox published
The cloud storage company said it received 268 requests for user information from law enforcement agencies and somewhere between "0-249" national security requests between January and July 2014.
The 268 figure breaks down to 120 search warrants, 109 subpoenas, 37 "non-United States" requests from foreign agencies, and two court orders.
Of the 109 subpoenas, Dropbox said only one sought content information, which Dropbox asserted it declined to provide.
Dropbox also noted in the report that it is not permitted by the federal government to report the exact number of national security requests received.
Dropbox legal counsel Bart Volkmer stressed in a blog post on Thursday that "law enforcement agencies frequently ask us to keep requests secret even when they don’t have the legal right to do so."
"These types of clauses were attached to 80% of subpoenas we received in this reporting period," Volkmer wrote. "Our policy is to notify users about requests for their information, so we push back in cases where an agency requests a gag order without the legal right."
One (slim) silver lining for transparency and privacy advocates alike is that Dropbox found the rate of government data requests received per user remained "steady," meaning the number of requests received grew proportionately to Dropbox’s user base over the year.
Dropbox stands at roughly 300 million users and counting.
There were also no requests pertaining to Dropbox for Business users during the six-month window.
The San Francisco-headquarted company also announced it would be altering the publishing schedule for its transparency reports.
Previously just an annual report, Dropbox now plans to issue these updates twice per year, much like some of its fellow tech brethren publishing more frequently, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google.