Here’s Why Verizon Is Releasing a Transparency Report
Executives from various big-name technology companies met with President Barack Obama yesterday about privacy concerns with National Security Agency data requests. Not long after heads from Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and five others finished urged the president of the importance of policy changes, the White House released a recommendation of 40 changes to the NSA ‘s practices in a 200 page report.
The president isn’t the only one to be feeling pressure to act on privacy concerns, though — both AT&T and Verizon have been receiving heavy encouragement to release transparency reports on data shared with the American government. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have all already done so according to Time, and were involved in an open letter to the government broaching the subject of privacy violations sacrificed to security interests.
Earlier this week, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) announced in a press release that it would be publishing an online report revealing customer data that law enforcement groups have requested both in and out of the United States. The first report is planned for early 2014, and after that the company plans to release reports “semi-annually.”
“In the past year, there has been greater focus than ever on the use of legal demands by governments around the world to obtain customer data. Like others in the industry, the aim of our transparency report is to keep our customers informed about government requests for their data and how we respond to those requests,” said Executive Vice President, Randal S. Milch, in the press release.
“Verizon calls on governments around the world to provide more information on the types and amounts of data they collect and the legal processes that apply when they do so,” said Milch. The report is slated to include information on “subpoenas, court orders, and warrants.” Verizon noted that while it would do as other tech companies have done, and see how much the NSA would allow it to report in terms of NSA letters Verizon received, it would not release other national security requests.