Transparency Report for 2015

Evernote has always been open about how we protect our users’ data. Our commitment to openness and transparency includes helping our users understand how we respond to third-party requests for account information.

This Transparency Report details - to the extent that we are legally permitted to do so - the number and type of requests for user information that we received in 2015. For criminal and civil requests, we have also provided the number of requests to which we responded by disclosing user data. Such transparency is not permitted for national security requests, but we are able to provide, in bands, the number of customer selectors targeted in the national security process we receive.

Criminal and Civil Demands for Data Number Received Responded with Data
Criminal requests from US governmental agencies1 5 4
Criminal requests from foreign government agencies 5 3
Other third-party legal requests for user information 1 1
Number of NSL and FISA process received Number of customer selectors targeted under NSL and FISA process received
US government national security requests2 0-250 0-250

As outlined in our Information for Authorities page, we require requests for user information to meet minimum criteria in order to be considered.

We carefully scrutinize each request for user information we receive and respond as narrowly as possible under the law and in accordance with our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. In many cases, including national security requests, we do not provide all of the information requested by the legal process. We also require a search warrant before considering the disclosure of the contents of an Evernote account in response to a US criminal request from a US government agency. And we do not provide the contents of users’ accounts to foreign government agencies unless we have a user’s consent, in accordance with US law.

In addition, we have a policy of notifying a user when we receive a legal request for information related to their Evernote account, except in very limited circumstances, as explained on our Information for Authorities page.

Evernote is a member of Reform Government Surveillance and the Digital Due Process Coalition. We support efforts to reform practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.

Transparency Report for 2013

Transparency Report for 2014


1This includes federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as state or local law enforcement agencies.

2Currently, the US government does not permit us to disclose the exact number of national security requests received, nor are we permitted to distinguish the number of National Security Letters ("NSLs") received from other types of national security information requests (such as search warrants pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA process")), unless we do so in bands of 1000. We think this restriction decreases transparency and especially harms companies like us that receive no or very few national security requests. If we want to report in smaller bands, we are required to group all types of national security requests together in a range from 0 to 250 as we have done above. We strongly support greater transparency regarding national security requests.