(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Following in the footsteps of other mobile and tech giants, Verizon has released its first transparency report, revealing an astonishing number of government requests.
In 2013, Verizon received 320,000 customer information requests from U.S federal, state, and local law enforcement, reports PC Mag.
“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,” stated Verizon.
“Overall, we saw an increase in the number of demands we received in 2013, as compared to 2012.”
The company received 164,000 subpoenas, 70,000 court orders, and 36,000 warrants from law enforcement last year, with an additional 85, 116 emergency requests and between 1,000 to 2,000 National Security Letters.
“Verizon only releases such stored content to law enforcement with a warrant; we do not produce stored content in response to a general order or subpoena. Last year, we received approximately 14,500 warrants for stored content.”
Other companies such as Microsoft received a little over 37,000 requests in the first half of 2013 and Yahoo received 12,444 in the same time period.