Verizon Plans to Publish Regular Reports on Data Requests from Law Enforcement, Government Agencies in 2014

Verizon says that it wants to disclose all of the various requests it received from law enforcement and intelligence agencies this year, but it has to negotiate with the U.S. government. The company's announcement follows a request by shareholders last month to disclose its dealings with the NSA.

Many technology companies are feeling the wrath of investors (in the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's revelations about the spy agency's broad activities) and during a meeting with President Barack Obama this week several executives said that the NSA's surveillance is hurting their reputation abroad and may hurt business in the long term.

Verizon said that it would publish the number of requests for customer information it received from law enforcement agencies this year, which includes court orders, subpoenas, and warrants.

"The aim of our transparency report is to keep our customers informed about government requests for their data and how we respond to those requests," Randal Milch, executive vice-president of public policy at Verizon, said in a statement.

"Verizon calls on governments around the world to provide more information on the types and amounts of data they collect and the legal processes that apply when they do so."

Verizon says its report will detail requests "to the extent permitted by applicable US and foreign laws and regulations." As other technology companies have learned, the government will likely not allow certain information to be revealed without a vigorous fight in court. Eight firms formed an alliance called Reform Government Surveillance earlier this month asking the government to allow them to disclose information that has been marked as "classified."

Source: BBC

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