“Can you hear me now?”
Joining the parade of technology companies that are releasing “transparency reports” as a window into government legal pressure, Verizon announced on Wednesday that it received over 321,000 total orders from various American law enforcement agencies in 2013. It is the first major telecom to publish such a report. (Virtual network operator Credo Mobile did so earlier this month.)
“We do not release customer information unless authorized by law, such as a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury,” the company wrote.
However, between 2001 and 2004, Verizon and other telcos did hand over massive amounts of data to American government agencies under no statutory or other legal authority.