National Security Demands

The Department of Justice’s guidance, issued on Jan. 27, 2014, authorized us to report on the receipt of National Security Letters and court orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), with the exception of data, if any, related to the so-called bulk telephony metadata program.  See http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/January/14-ag-081.html.

National Security Letters are subpoenas issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in regard to counterterrorism or counterintelligence.  These subpoenas are limited to non-content information, such as a list of phone numbers dialed or subscriber information.

Court orders issued pursuant to FISA may direct us to respond to government requests for content and non-content data related to national security investigations, such as international terrorism or espionage. 

These types of demands have very strict policies governing our ability to disclose the requests.  The recent “Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities” published by the Director of National Intelligence on June 26, 2014, does not alter the Department of Justice’s Jan. 27, 2014, guidance. 

See http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/transparency/odni_transparencyreport_cy2013.

Consistent with guidance from January 2014, our report includes the range of customer accounts potentially impacted by these National Security Demands.

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