Cecilia Kang reports:
Verizon Communications said Thursday that it will begin to publish reports early next year on the number of government requests it receives for customer data, setting a significant precedent for the telecommunications industry that has kept that information private.
Verizon, the nation’s biggest wireless provider, has been under immense pressure from shareholders and privacy groups after revelations that the National Security Agency obtained mountains of private information from the company as well as other telecommunication firms, including AT&T, according to leaked documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Those disclosures have damaged the reputation of U.S. communications companies around the world.
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