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 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 second half of 2014, as well as National Security Demands for the first half of 2014, which we are providing subject to the U.S. Department of Justice’s guidelines.  For comparison purposes, we included data from our prior report.  For the first time, this report includes information for Cricket™ Wireless.

Privacy Advocacy

The privacy of AT&T’s customers around the world is of paramount importance to us.  During this reporting period, 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 and 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.  AT&T filed a brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and supported a proposed law known as the LEADS Act, advocating this view.

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

National Security Demands
National Security Letters
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
Total Received 1,000 - 1,999 0 - 999
Number of Customer Accounts 2,000 - 2,999 1,000 - 1,999
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act1
July - Dec. 2013
Jan. - June 2014
Total Content 0 - 999 0 - 999
Customer Accounts 33,000 - 33,999 18,000 - 18,999
Total Non-Content 0 - 999 0 - 999
Customer Accounts 0 - 999 0 - 999
Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands
 
Total Demands
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
(Federal, State and Local; Criminal and Civil)
115,925
147,830
Subpoenas 86,943 114,811
Criminal 78,975 103,710
Civil 7,968 11,101
Court Orders (General) 15,105 16,756
Historic 12,569 13,518
Real-Time (Pen registers) 2,536 3,238
Search Warrants / Probable Cause Court Orders    
Historic 9,393 11,592
Stored Content 2,532 3,219
Other 6,861 8,373
Real-Time 4,484 4,671
Wiretaps 1,167 1,253
Mobile Locate Demands 3,317 3,418
Demands Rejected / Partial or No Data Provided
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
 
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
Total
31,097
40,001
Rejected/Challenged 2,110 2,688
Partial or No Information 28,987 37,313
Location Demands
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
 
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
Total
30,866
33,187
Historic 23,646 25,822
Real-Time 6,956 6,673
Cell Tower 284 692
Emergency Requests
 
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
Total
50,232
56,719
911 39,449 45,463
Exigent 10,783 11,256
International Demands
 
Jan. - June 2014
July - Dec. 2014
Total Demands
17
10
Law Enforcement 11 4
URL/IP Blocking 6 6

1The Department of Justice imposes a six-month delay for reporting this data.

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