Brian X. Chen reports:
Verizon Communications on Wednesday published a so-called transparency report describing when and why it receives requests for customer data, like phone records or emails, from law enforcement and government agencies.
Verizon is the first major phone carrier to publish a report of this kind — other carriers, like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile US, have yet to take a similar step.
Verizon said it received roughly 320,000 requests for customer information last year from law enforcement agencies in the United States, including 164,000 subpoenas, 36,000 warrants and 70,000 court orders. It also received 1,000 to 2,000 requests from the National Security Agency.
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