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SOURCE AT&T Inc.
Plans to publish semi-annual transparency report
DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today provided an update on its position on the government surveillance discussion taking place as well as steps the company plans to take to provide more transparency into government requests for customer information.
The following statement should be attributed to Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel:
The debate about government surveillance programs and striking the right balance between protecting personal privacy and providing national security is a healthy one. It's important that policymakers worldwide get it right so that people can continue to enjoy the benefits of technology and communications with confidence.
When it comes to governmental surveillance and requests for customer information, all companies are compelled to comply with the laws of the country in which they operate. Those laws not only govern what companies must do when they receive lawful government requests, but often limit what companies can say publicly about the requests. But here is what we can say:
To further our efforts to be as transparent as possible within the government guidelines in which we operate, like Verizon recently announced, we intend to publish a semi-annual online report that will provide information on the number of law enforcement requests for customer information that our company receives in the countries in which we do business. AT&T expects to publish the first report, covering information received in 2013, in early 2014.
To the extent permitted by laws and regulations, AT&T's transparency report will include:
Finally, in our view, any disclosures regarding classified information should come from the government, which is in the best position to determine what can be lawfully disclosed and would or would not harm national security.
We believe clear legal frameworks with accountability and oversight are required to strike the right balance between protecting individual privacy and civil liberties, and protecting the national and personal security, a balance we all desire. We take our responsibility to protect our customers' information and privacy very seriously and pledge to continue to do so to the fullest extent possible.
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