GitHub regularly publishes its yearly transparency report with the following data (or legally required mutilation thereof):

  • Disclosure Requests — requests to disclose user information, which include:
    • Subpoenas, Court Orders, and Search Warrants
    • National Security Orders
  • Takedown Requests — requests to remove or block user content, which include:
    • Government Takedown Requests
    • DMCA Takedown Notices

Google does the same.

Will Stack Exchange provide its users with some indicator of outside interference in its operation?

It would be great if the information were regularly published on the main Stack Exchange site, and not at third-party servers which may come and go unexpectedly.

NOTE: This is not a duplicate of Does Stack Exchange report on the numbers of requests and orders it receives from law enforcement agencies? because other large Internet companies have since shown that transparency reports can be done in a meaningful way (gag orders aside).


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    DMCA are already published. – Shadow May 13 '15 at 7:48
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    @ShadowWizard - it's a third-party site and the information ain't consolidated. A top-level URL (stackexchange.com/transparencyreport) would be awesome. – Deer Hunter May 13 '15 at 7:50
  • It's not just Chilling Effects. He probably also wants a warrant canary – Machavity May 13 '15 at 12:43
  • @Machavity - a warrant canary may not be cleared by SE's lawyers. – Deer Hunter May 13 '15 at 13:53
  • IIRC many disclosure requests are also in and of themselfes secret as in they can't tell people they happened. – Magisch Mar 14 '16 at 8:11

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