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Information for Law Enforcement Authorities

These operational guidelines are for law enforcement officials seeking records from Facebook and Instagram. For private party requests, including requests from civil litigants and criminal defendants, please visit the Help Center. Users seeking information on their own accounts can access Facebook’s “Download Your Information” feature from their account settings. This information may change at any time.

U.S. Legal Process Requirements

We disclose account records solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law, including the federal Stored Communications Act (“SCA”), 18 U.S.C. Sections 2701-2712. Under U.S. law:

  • A valid subpoena issued in connection with an official criminal investigation is required to compel the disclosure of basic subscriber records (defined in 18 U.S.C. Section 2703(c)(2)), which may include: name, length of service, credit card information, email address(es), and a recent login/logout IP address(es), if available.

  • A court order issued under 18 U.S.C. Section 2703(d) is required to compel the

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