Transparency Report

Introduction

We take our responsibility to protect your information and privacy very seriously.  We continue our pledge to protect your privacy to the fullest extent possible and in compliance with applicable law.  

Like all companies, we are required by law to provide information to government and law enforcement agencies, as well as parties to civil lawsuits, by complying with court orders, subpoenas, lawful discovery requests and other legal requirements. We ensure that these requests are valid, and that our responses comply with the law and our own policies.

This Report

This report provides specific information regarding the number and types of demands to which we responded for the second half of 2015, as well as Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) demands for the first half of 2015.  For comparison purposes, we included data from our prior report.    

During this reporting period, we acquired DIRECTV, a satellite television and internet service provider with operations both domestic and international.  Information for DIRECTV has been included in both the U.S. and International sections of this report.  Overall, demands for DIRECTV data represent less than 1% of the total demands received by AT&T.

Privacy Advocacy

We remain committed to the privacy of AT&T’s customers around the world.  As such, we have been engaged in a number of initiatives during this reporting period.  AT&T continues to join with other technology companies and public interest groups to advocate for limits on the government’s ability to obtain customer communications stored abroad.  AT&T believes that law enforcement should respect the laws of other countries and work through established treaties.  Our country’s respect for international data protection standards will help ensure that the privacy interests of Americans are also respected by other countries. 

We are active members in a number of organizations focused on human rights and privacy. We are a member of the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue, which is a group of telecommunications operators and vendors who jointly address freedom of expression and privacy rights in the telecommunications sector in the context of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  We are also an active member of the Digital Due Process Coalition.  Through this Coalition we work with other companies, privacy advocates, and think tanks, to advocate for the simplification, clarification, and unification, of the legal standards in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, while preserving the tools necessary for government agencies to enforce the laws, respond to emergencies, and protect the public.

National Security Demands
National Security Letters
Jan. - June 2015
July - Dec. 2015
Total Received 500 - 999 500 - 999
Number of Customer Accounts
2,500 - 2,999 2,000 - 2,499
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act1
July - Dec. 2014
Jan. - June 2015
Total Content 0 - 499 0 - 499
Customer Selectors Targeted
16,500 - 16,999 14,000 - 14,499
Total Non-Content 0 - 499 0 - 499
Customer Selectors Targeted
0 - 499 0 - 499
Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands
Total Demands
Jan. - June 2015
July - Dec. 2015
(Federal, State and Local; Criminal and Civil)
145,104
142,876
Subpoenas 107,982 105,033
Criminal 96,781 91,568
Civil 11,201 13,465
Court Orders (General) 18,574 18,768
Historic 14,934 15,409
Real-Time (Pen registers) 3,640 3,359
Search Warrants / Probable Cause Court Orders
Historic 12,347 13,141
Stored Content 3,398 3,656
Other 8,949 9,485
Real-Time 6,201 5,934
Wiretaps 1,416 1,306
Mobile Locate Demands 4,785 4,628
Demands Rejected / Partial or No Data Provided
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
Jan. - June 2015
July - Dec. 2015
Total
46,406
37,589
Rejected / Challenged 2,525 2,467
Partial or No Information 43,881 35,122
Location Demands
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
Jan. - June 2015
July - Dec. 2015
Total
37,973
38,367
Historic 28,745 29,444
Real-Time 8,545 8,184
Cell Tower 683 739
Emergency Requests
Jan. - June 2015
July - Dec. 2015
Total
56,329
62,829
911 43,670 47,971
Exigent 12,659 14,858
International Demands (See details in linked text)

1The USA Freedom Act and the Department of Justice impose a six-month delay for reporting this data.

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