LinkedIn Law Enforcement Data Request Guidelines

How can law enforcement authorities request data from LinkedIn?

Last Reviewed: 09/10/2015
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Our members count on LinkedIn to safeguard their personal information, and to provide the transparency they've come to expect, even when it comes to law enforcement requests for member data. We respect the laws that apply to our business operations, but we put our members first by requiring that such requests follow established legal procedures and by notifying members of requests for their data unless prohibited by statute or court order. We also believe in being transparent about the number and type of requests we receive, and we issue a Transparency Report twice a year.

More about how our process works

Follow the Law. Except in limited emergency situations, law enforcement agents seeking information about member accounts must be made through formal U.S. legal procedures, such as subpoenas, court orders, and search warrants. Please note that certain types of member data, including messages, invitations and connections, have a high bar for disclosure and can only be disclosed pursuant to a valid search warrant from an entity with proper jurisdiction.

Data requests from outside of the United States generally must be made through an official Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) or letters rogatory process.

How Can Law Enforcement Officials Ask for Data? All requests must include the agent's Badge/ID no. and contact information, and must specify the member account by providing either (1) the full name of the member and email address associated with the account; or (2) the LinkedIn public profile URL. Data requests may be served by fax to 650-810-2897, by certified mail, express courier, or in person at our corporate headquarters:

LinkedIn Corporation
ATTN: Legal Department
2029 Stierlin Court
Mountain View, CA 94043

More details are provided in LinkedIn's Law Enforcement Data Request Guidelines attached below (currently only available in English).

What if it's an Emergency? In very rare circumstances involving imminent serious bodily harm or death, we will consider responding to an emergency request for data. These requests must be submitted using the Emergency Disclosure Request Form included in LinkedIn's Law Enforcement Data Request Guidelines attached below, and must signed under penalty of perjury by a law enforcement agent.

Please view our full LinkedIn Law Enforcement Data Request Guidelines (PDF) for more information.

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