Transparency Report


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 the laws of the country where your service is provided.  

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 first half of 2015, as well as National Security Demands for the second half of 2014, which we are providing subject to the statutory and U.S. Department of Justice’s guidelines.  For comparison purposes, we included data from our prior report.  During this reporting period, we acquired two wireless companies—Iusacell and Nextel Mexico—which provide telecommunications services in Mexico only.  We acquired Iusacell in January 2015 and Nextel Mexico in May 2015.  Information for Iusacell and Nextel is included in the International Demands section.    

Privacy Advocacy

The privacy of AT&T’s customers around the world is of paramount importance to us.  AT&T joined other technology companies and public interest groups in advocating 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.  We also believe U.S. law enforcement must demonstrate a clear relationship between the customer or content and the U.S. before obtaining content stored abroad.  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 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.

The chart below includes hyperlinks to additional information on the category of data reported.  

National Security Demands
National Security Letters
July - Dec. 2014
Jan. - June 20151
Total Received 0 - 999 500 - 999
Number of Customer Selector's Targeted
1,000 - 1,999 2,500 - 2,999
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act2
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
Total Content 0 - 999 0 - 499
Customer Selector's Targeted
18,000 - 18,999 16,500 - 16,999
Total Non-Content 0 - 999 0 - 499
Customer Selector's Targeted
0 - 999 0 - 499
Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands
Total Demands
July - Dec. 2014
Jan. - June 2015
(Federal, State and Local; Criminal and Civil)
Subpoenas 114,811 107,982
Criminal 103,710 96,781
Civil 11,101 11,201
Court Orders (General) 16,756 18,574
Historic 13,518 14,934
Real-Time (Pen registers) 3,238 3,640
Search Warrants / Probable Cause Court Orders    
Historic 11,592 12,347
Stored Content 3,219 3,398
Other 8,373 8,949
Real-Time 4,671 6,201
Wiretaps 1,253 1,416
Mobile Locate Demands 3,418 4,785
Demands Rejected / Partial or No Data Provided
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
July - Dec. 2014
Jan. - June 2015
Rejected/Challenged 2,688 2,525
Partial or No Information 37,313 43,881
Location Demands
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
July - Dec. 2014
Jan. - June 2015
Historic 25,822 28,745
Real-Time 6,673 8,545
Cell Tower 692 683
Emergency Requests
July - Dec. 2014
Jan. - June 2015
911 45,463 43,670
Exigent 11,256 12,659
International Demands (See details in linked text)

1See Section 604 of the USA Freedom Act.
2The USA Freedom Act and the Department of Justice impose a six-month delay for reporting this data.