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 first half of 2016, as well as Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) demands for the second half of 2015.  For comparison purposes, we included data from our prior report.    

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 support 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
July - Dec. 2015
Jan. - July 2016
Total Received 500 - 999 500 - 999
Customer Selectors Targeted
2,000 - 2,499 2,000 - 2,499
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act1
Jan. - June 2015
July - Dec. 2015
Total Content 0 - 499 0 - 499
Customer Selectors Targeted
14,000 - 14,499 7,000 - 7,499
Total Non-Content 0 - 499 0 - 499
Customer Selectors Targeted
0 - 499 0 - 499
Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands
Total Demands
July - Dec. 2015
Jan. - June 2016
(Federal, State and Local; Criminal and Civil)
142,876
137,633
Subpoenas 105,033 103,011
Criminal 91,568 92,994
Civil 13,465 10,017
Court Orders (General) 18,768 16,077
Historic 15,409 12,665
Real-Time (Pen registers) 3,359 3,412
Search Warrants / Probable Cause Court Orders
Historic 13,141 12,638
Stored Content 3,656 3,795
Other 9,485 8,843
Real-Time 5,934 5,907
Wiretaps 1,306 1,229
Mobile Locate Demands 4,628 4,678
Demands Rejected / Partial or No Data Provided
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
July - Dec. 2015
Jan. - June 2016
Total
37,589
32,198
Rejected / Challenged 2,467 3,012
Partial or No Information 35,122 29,186
Location Demands
(Breakout detail of data included in Total U.S. Criminal & Civil Demands)
July - Dec. 2015
Jan. - June 2016
Total
38,367
36,935
Historic 29,444 27,909
Real-Time 8,184 8,363
Cell Tower 739 663
Emergency Requests
July - Dec. 2015
Jan. - June 2016
Total
62,829
60,935
911 47,971 46,273
Exigent 14,858 14,662
International Demands (See details in linked text)

1Section 603 of the U.S.A. Freedom Act imposes a six-month delay for reporting this data.

Share:

Latest Updates

×