“We’re reporting the maximum amount of information allowed by law about the number and types of National Security Requests that we received. The disclosures we’re currently allowed to make are limited, and unfortunately, we’re not permitted to paint a more truthful picture.”
Being forced by your government to lie and obscure is corrosive, soul-rotting, and evil. I got into WordPress and web publishing to help people speak past the lumps their governments try to lodge in their throats. This report is important speech, saying what it can around the lumps, and I’m proud of it.
“We wish we could tell you more.”
Chilling, isn’t it?
Automattic’s mission is to democratize publishing, and a fully informed citizenry is the foundation of any functioning democracy. Keeping our users and the public fully informed about our policies on responding to government requests has always been important to us — and now, more than ever, candor in this area is vitally important.
In keeping with these principles, we’re pleased to release our first transparency report. This initial report summarizes the number of government information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests that we received during the second half of 2013. In addition to giving our users full transparency about the volume of these requests, we also hope that publicly reporting our data will help hold all parties (including us) accountable.
A few highlights of our report:
Information Requests. For the second half of 2013, approximately 0.0001% of the 48 million sites that we host were subject to a…
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