GitHub issues first transparency report; 40 accounts affected

Forty accounts amounts to just 0.0005 percent of the site's total 8 million active accounts.

US authorities filed just ten subpoenas with code-sharing site GitHub in the past year.

The company said in its debut transparency report published Thursday that it complied with just seven of those subpoenas. That means in three cases there was nothing disclosed. In just shy of half of those demands, the company notified the affected account holder.

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Those ten data demands affected 40 accounts -- or about 0.0005 percent of the total 8 million active accounts, the report said.

The code-sharing site did not receive any court-issued orders or search warrants.

Out of all the figures, requests to take down content that is allegedly infringing copyright reached the low-hundreds. A total of 258 requests to remove content were filed during the year.

However, the company (like other firms) warned that when it came to reporting its national security figures, it was "not even allowed to say if we've received zero of these."

GitHub said it received between zero and 249 requests, but could not comment further.

In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal which broke in mid-2013, tech companies demanded the right to disclose how many secret data demands they received from the government. The Justice Department eventually relented, allowing those figures to be reported in wide numerical ranges.

The company said it "supports the efforts to increase transparency in this area."