Law Enforcement Disclosure Report
Respecting our customers’ right to privacy and freedom of expression is one of our highest priorities.
Over 3 billion people communicate and share information over our networks enabling them to connect, innovate and prosper. However, the laws surrounding the communications environment are complex and require us to respond to lawful demands to share customer data. We explore these issues in this, our Digital Rights and Freedoms Reporting Centre, where we also cover a number of other relevant and related topics.
We have to balance our responsibility to respect our customers’ right to privacy and freedom of expression against our legal obligation to respond to the authorities’ lawful demands, while recognising our duty of care to our employees and our broader responsibilities as a corporate citizen to protect the public and prevent harm.
For each of the countries in which we operate, we provide insights into the nature of the local legal regime governing law enforcement assistance, together with an indication of the volume of each country’s agency and authority demands in 2015-16, wherever that information is available and publication is not prohibited.
Ensuring our customers are able to use our networks and services confidently and free of unreasonable constraints is integral to our success. However, all governments reserve the right to limit their citizens’ ability to access and use digital networks, services and content under certain circumstances.