Law Enforcement Request FAQ

For authorities & law enforcement - What is Adafruit?

Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer Limor "Ladyada" Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit's products are "open-source" this means anyone can inspect the source code and designs to learn more. Adafruit has a specific goal of getting young girls into the STEM fields. We are a proud 100% woman-owned American manufacturing company in New York City, New York, USA. Ladyada was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED Magazine, she was awarded an EFF pioneer award for her Open-Source work, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. She is also on the NYC Industrial Business Advisory Council. For more information, please visit:

Law enforcement requests

Adafruit will not release private information except as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as: subpoena, court order, or other valid legal requests. Adafruit Industries is located in New York City, New York, USA and will respond in compliance with United States laws.

For authorities & law enforcement - How to request information

We will do our best to assist you while respecting the privacy and rights of our users. We want to help you catch the bad guys and make the world a safe place just as much as you do. When requesting information from Adafruit, please include the following:

  • Applicable legal process authorizing the request.
  • The customer name/business and any products purchased, dates of purchase, etc.
  • Details including specific information and its relationship to your investigation.
  • A valid e-mail address so we may get back in touch with you upon receipt of your legal process.

You can fax Adafruit at: 1-917-210-3397 (Attention: Trust & Safety - Legal Policy)

Or you can mail your request to Adafruit:

Adafruit Industries Attention: Trust & Safety - Legal 150 VARICK ST, #3 NEW YORK, NY 10013

Please feel free to follow up with [email protected] for any inquires.

Adafruit can only accept legal requests from law enforcement agencies delivered by physical mail or fax. Acceptance of legal process by these means is for convenience only and does not waive any objections, including the lack of jurisdiction or proper service.

Notification of law enforcement or governmental requests

Adafruit may choose to notify users of requests for their information prior to disclosure where Adafruit is not prohibited from doing so by statute or court order (e.g., an order under 18 U.S.C. 2705(b)).