AT&T and Verizon Received More Than One Government Data Request Every 60 Seconds in 2013

AT&T and Verizon Received More Than One Government Data Request Every 60 Seconds in 2013(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The Washington Post recently went through transparency reports from major U.S. phone companies and found some interesting results.

According to the Post’s report, AT&T and Verizon received more than one government request every 60 seconds in 2013.

In comparison, the Canadian government requested information from telecom companies once every 27 seconds.

“In its first-ever transparency report, AT&T reported receiving 301,816 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities. Verizon’s inaugural transparency report, meanwhile, shows it got 321,545. That’s the equivalent of 1.2 requests every minute,” says the report.

However, these stats exclude two major telecom companies, T-Mobile and Sprint, because the companies did not release data for 2013.

If you were to look at 2012, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon received around 2.2 requests every minute. This excludes Sprint due to the fact they declined to give a specific number.

If smaller telecom companies such as CenturyLink and Frontier were to submit data requests, the number would likely be higher and  more accurate

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