WASHINGTON: The U.S. government released nearly 150,000 requests

The U.S. government released nearly 150,000 requests for customer info from Verizon Communications in the first half of 2014, most of them subpoenas.


The story is the second summary of government requests Verizon has publicly issued since shareholders pressured the company to divulge information it shared with the government in December.

The government released 72,342 subpoenas, half of which request subscriber information on a given telephone number or IP address, while others ask for transit information, like the phone numbers a customer has called, according to Verizon.

Verizon also received over 37,000 court orders, including 714 wiretaps, which afford access to the content of communications and over 3,000 pen registers and trap and follow orders, which afford the government real-time access to outgoing and incoming phone numbers, respectively.

“We reiterate our call for governments around the globe to make public the number of demands they make for customer data from telecom and Internet companies,” Randal Milch, Verizon’s general counsel, wrote in a company blog.

The report included limited data on international requests.

France led all foreign countries listed in the report in customer information point requests, which include phone numbers or IP addresses used to key out a customer, with 762 requests.


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