Verizon Releases Transparency Report

Verizon Communications today (Jan. 22) posted online its first Transparency Report, the first such report to be released by a telecommunications company.

“The past year saw an intense focus around the world on government demands to obtain customer data,” said Randal Milch, Verizon general counsel and executive vice president, public policy. “We believe this Transparency Report is a constructive addition to the ongoing conversation about privacy and public safety.”

The report, which will be updated semiannually, outlines the number of 2013 law enforcement requests for customer information that Verizon received in the United States and other countries in which it does business. The report can be reviewed at: .

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Verizon’s 2013 Transparency Report presents the number of demands we received from law enforcement in the United States and other countries in which we did business from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. In the future, we will update our Transparency Report semi-annually to show the number of demands we received in the prior six months. For additional information, read Verizon General Counsel and EVP for Public Policy Randal Milch’s blog post on the Transparency Report.

From the report:

Overall, we saw an increase in the number of demands we received in 2013, as compared to 2012.

Law Enforcement Demands for Customer Data — United States (2013)
Subpoenas 164,184
Orders 70,665
62,857 General Orders
6,312 Pen Registers/ Trap & Trace Orders
1,496 Wiretap Orders
Warrants 36,696
Emergency Requests From Law Enforcement 50,000 (approximately)
Total 321,545
National Security Letters 1000-1999