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).  See http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/January/14-ag-081.html.  Recently, the U.S. enacted the USA Freedom Act, which contains statutory authority to provide similar types of disclosures.  See Section 604 of the Act, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2048/text?q={%22search%22%3A[%22USA+Freedom+Act%22]}#toc-HC8AF097384964B119DBE9FF3D1EE245A.

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. 

Consistent with the above guidance, our report includes the range of National Security Letters and FISA Orders served on us and the “customer selector’s targeted” by those respective demands.

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