Verizon to Publish Reports on NSA Data Requests
Move will put pressure on AT&T to do the same
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2013 7:27 PM CST
Verizon headquarters in lower Manhattan.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – The NSA's ability to continue its tech snooping as in the pre-Snowden days just took another hit. Verizon promises to start publishing reports on all the data requests it gets from the government and law-enforcement agencies, reports Reuters. The first online report will be out early next year. Given that Verizon is the nation's biggest wireless provider, the Washington Post sees this as "setting a significant precedent" in the telecom industry—and it will surely raise pressure on AT&T to follow suit.

Shareholders in both companies recently called for such disclosure reports, similar to those already issued by Internet giants such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, notes Time. After the Verizon announcement, an AT&T spokesman told AP that "while we have disclosed a lot of information in this area, we are always exploring ways to do more." The development follows a federal judge's ruling that the NSA data mining is "almost certainly unconstitutional," and a presidential panel's recommendations that the White House curtail the agency's sweeping powers.

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Dec 20, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Reporting these criminal acts does nothing to stop them. Verizon needs to tell the NSA - FB I- CIA - DEA to go fuk themselves publicly. Customers should not be paying for the privilege to be spied on every time they call or travel somewhere. Get angry people and demand immediate cease and desist of illegal domestic spying. Then demand intense constant scrutiny of the pigs doing it.
Dec 20, 2013 1:18 AM CST
Wanna hear a funny joke? Free press.
Dec 20, 2013 1:17 AM CST
Good thing Obama is cashing in on this latest gig, because I doubt he will get many offers to teach Constitutional law again.