Verizon Finally Releases Transparency Report Showing Many Requests, But Scale Of Those Requests Is Missing
from the details-please dept
- Suboenas: 164,184
- General court orders: 62,857
- Pen Registers/Trap & Trace: 6,312
- Wiretap orders: 1,496
- Warrants: 36,696
- "Emergency requests" from law enforcement: ~50,000
- National Security Letters (NSLs): between 1,000 and 1,999
Of course, what this leaves out may be more interesting than what's included. While it lists the numbers for these requests, it gives no indication how many of its users are targeted. A single subpoena could, for example, request information on everyone. While that may be an extreme example, the point is that the number of requests doesn't really tell you very much overall. Or, perhaps not an extreme example. This report doesn't show, for example, what Verizon hands over under orders from the FISC under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. We already know that Section 215 has resulted in FISA orders for metadata on every Verizon mobile phone customers. That's probably counted as one single "court order" in that big list above. Similarly, as has been revealed in the past, the NSA works with telcos to directly tap the internet backbone for information. Where is that included in the list above?
Point being, this isn't all that "transparent," because bare numbers don't really mean that much.