Friday, December 20, 2013

American telcos agree to release transparency info; where are Canadian telcos?

Today, both AT&T and Verizon have agreed to follow Google's (and more recently, Twitter's) lead by releasing transparency reports, disclosing the extent to which they disclose customer information to law enforcement (Verizon to Publish Transparency Report Disclosing Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Information and AT&T Update On Government Surveillance Position: Plans to publish semi-annual transparency report).

Meanwhile, Canadian telecommunications companies and internet service providers are silent even though many disclose customer information to law enforcement without a warrant. It's about time that Canadian telcos step up and tell their customers what information they provide, with and without a warrant.

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