Verizon data queries nearly 150,000 in 2014

Jul 08, 2014
The Verizon Building in Manhattan is seen from the Brooklyn Bridge on June 6, 2013 in New York City

US telecom giant Verizon said Tuesday it received nearly 150,000 requests for customer data from US law enforcement agencies in the first half of 2014.

The total including subpoenas, warrants and other orders was 148,903, roughly in line with the full-year total from 2013 of 321,545, Verizon said in its "."

Verizon has joined other tech and Internet firms in releasing these figures in light of the outcry over government snooping following the revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

But in terms of demands, Verizon was permitted to reveal only a range of requests—between zero and 999, affecting between 2,000 and 2,999 customers in the first six months of the year.

And in terms of the number of orders from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Verizon said it is required to report with a six-month delay. It said that in the second half of 2013 it received between zero and 999 orders affecting between 3,000 and 3,999 "customer selectors," which in most cases refer to telephone numbers.

In its report, Verizon said it rejects about three percent of the law enforcement requests it receives.

"Verizon has teams that carefully review each demand we receive," the company said. "We do not produce information in response to all demands we receive."

The company said it rejects requests if the proper legal process is not followed or if the request is "overly broad."

More than 72,000 of the requests were subpoenas from while some 37,000 were court orders.

Explore further: Verizon reveals 320,000 US data queries in 2013

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Verizon reveals 320,000 US data queries in 2013

Jan 22, 2014

Verizon on Wednesday became the first major US telecom carrier to release a "transparency report," and said it received 320,000 data queries last year in the United States alone.

AT&T says it will publish reports on data requests (Update 2)

Dec 19, 2013

AT&T Inc. says it will publish reports on the number of requests for customer information that it receives from law enforcement agencies, the latest move in the telecommunications industry toward fuller disclosure amid debate ...

Recommended for you

Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

Jul 21, 2014

Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked ...

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Jul 21, 2014

Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.

The goTenna device pitch is No Service, No Problem

Jul 18, 2014

In the new age of Internet-based crowdfunding with special price offers, where startup teams try to push their product closer and closer to the gate of entry, goTenna's campaign offers a most attractive pitch. ...

Maths can make the internet 5-10 times faster

Jul 17, 2014

Mathematical equations can make Internet communication via computer, mobile phone or satellite many times faster and more secure than today. Results with software developed by researchers from Aalborg University ...

User comments : 0