(The Hosting News) – Major tech and telecom companies have been finding way to disclose government data requests to their customers by releasing transparency reports and updating their privacy policies.
The Washington Post recently went through transparency reports from major U.S. phone companies to get an idea of how the U.S. government data requests compares to other countries such as Canada.
According to the Post’s report, AT&T and Verizon received more than one government request every 60 seconds in 2013, while the Canadian government requested information 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.