Verizon Reports 150k Gov't Requests For Customer Data
The telecom says it's on track to get fewer government requests than in 2014, but it still far outpaces requests made to Google or Facebook.By Jake Godin | July 8, 2014
Ever since the Snowden leaks revealed that the U.S. government tends to be a bit overzealous in its requests for private data, transparency reports detailing those requests have become more common. Verizon released it's second such report today, and the numbers are looking better.
The report covers the first six months of 2014 and shows that Verizon received nearly 149,000 customer data requests from the government during that time. So far, that's less than half of last year's reported 320,000 requests.
In comparison, AT&T received 302,000 requests in 2013. Google and Facebook received much less, getting about 11,000 and about 13,000 requests respectively and suggesting government agencies still rely more heavily on telecom companies than internet companies for information.