Most of them, if the government wants to see them. Snapchat released their first ever transparency report last week. The report outlines how many snaps government entities requested from the app and the number of times Snapchat complied with those requests from November 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015.
The report lists 375 requests from the US criminal system with 92% of those requests being accommodated. 28 requests came from government bodies in other countries, but only 21% of those requests were filled.
In a leaked report to law enforcement agencies, the company wrote, “Snapchat retains logs of previous messages sent and received. The logs contain meta-data about the messages, but not the content,” so it would seem that no actual images are being shared with government bodies. However, that’s not entirely clear from the information provided.
Another interesting sidenote to the report is that the section for requests Snapchat received from National Security under FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) is left blank. Instead of an actual count of requests, the space reads “Data subject to six month reporting delay.” Which sounds innocent enough, but it makes us wonder how transparent this transparency report really is.