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Verizon to publish transparency report disclosing govt.`s `snoop-data` requests

ANI | Last Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 15:19

Washington: Verizon Communications has reportedly said that it will issue its transparency report disclosing the number of user data requests made by law enforcement agencies in the US and abroad.

The wireless carrier said that it will release the detailed report twice a year and the first edition will detail law enforcement request information for 2013, which will be published in early next year.

A company`s spokesman said that Verizon doesn`t disclose customer information to third parties unless authorized by customers, Cnet reports.

However, the spokesman pointed that the company is required at times under the law to disclose certain information to law enforcement.

Executive vice president for the company, Randal S. Milch reiterated that all companies are required to provide information to government agencies in certain circumstances, adding that public disclosure of data requests is intended to provide more transparency about law enforcement requests.

Following the revelations made by whistleblower Edward Snowden, major tech and telecom companies have decided to release their periodic transparency reports in a bid to gain back public trust.

So far, Internet companies, such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others have published reports detailing the total number of requests they get from governments about their users.

Verizon further said that it will not be able to disclose some of the information that the government prohibits is from disclosing like those related to National Security Letters or FISA warrants.

First Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 15:19

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