After Significant NSA Silence, Verizon Now Promises Transparency
Verizon and AT&T's silence during the recent NSA Snowden revelations was quite telling, neither telco obviously wanting to risk legal liability (or government contracts) for what numerous whistleblowers have now shown is incredibly deep
and often illegal
(at least until they lobbied to have the laws changed) cooperation with government. In fact, the only time Verizon spoke on the matter at all was to mock Google and Yahoo
for "grandstanding" as the companies fought for the right to disclose FISA court government data requests.
With the recent Judge declaration that bulk metadata collection is unconstitutional
, a government advisory panel making more serious reform recommendations than anyone expected
, and even investors pushing telcos for a little more honesty
, Verizon apparently feels there's a sea change afoot that requires they actually bother to do and/or say something
That something, according to the Verizon policy blog
, is a new transparency report that will disclose the law enforcement requests they receive for data semi-annually. Again, the report won't include intelligence requests, as companies still aren't legally allowed to disclose even generic, anonymized data on that front.
“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," states Verizon General Counsel Randal Milch. "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. 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."
While belated, and only coming after Verizon mocked other companies for their own transparency pushes, it's a welcome shift all the same. Surely AT&T will be following in Verizon's footsteps shortly?Update
: Ask and ye shall receive. AT&T has issued a similar statement
insisting they too will begin issuing transparency reports that detail the number of law enforcement requests for information received by the telco.
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Surely AT&T will be following in Verizon's footsteps shortly?
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quote:That doesn't mean sh*t Verizon. When I was in an investigative capacity, I sent in LEO requests for user information on a regular basis. These requests are court-ordered search warrants or subpoenas signed by a judge with PROBABLE CAUSE for a search.
is a new transparency report that will disclose the law enforcement requests they receive for data semi-annually
What we, the American people want, is not a disclosure of how many PROPERPLY SUBMITTED requests come in, but how many BS, "super secret" fly-under-the-radar requests come in.
Why do you think most of the US and a large portion of the world are pissed right now? Not because of following the rules (your "solution" for being transparent) but because rules weren't being followed (the root of the problem that you aren't disclosing). Nice try, go home and try again.
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Re: Another View Say it ain't so, Freddy! A Washington Post opinion article written by an establishment sycophant disagrees with the ruling?!
Color me shocked!
I wouldn't exactly call that "the other side of the story". I'd call it whitewash/damage control PR by government shills.
Re: Another View Yeah, your all comments involve political, not legal, issues surrounding the NSA program. Whatever reforms, if any, ultimately emerge from this controversy will likely address political concerns, as well as legal concerns.
Politics always is involved in these matters. In the final analysis, the courts together with the President and the Congress will decide the outcome. Don't forget, the so called NSA spying program has been judged legal, not only by the courts, but by the Congress. The Congress has authorized it. We'll see how this ends. Too early to tell how this ends, at this time.
Also, let's not forget, the purpose of the NSA program is to help prevent terrorist attacks. The program does not spy on Americans, like has been charged and repeated time-and-again by some. Who knows why. Let's not help terrorists and criminals by curtailing a program that is designed to help keep us all safe.