AT&T reveals number of NSA and location demands in first-ever transparency report


Phone giant AT&T(s t) published its first “transparency report” on Tuesday morning, providing a snapshot of how often the government asks for data about its customers.

According to the report, which comes after Verizon(s vz) published a similar document last month, state and federal agencies made 301,816 separate demands for data from AT&T in 2013, with the company rejecting 3,756 of those.

The report also specifies that governments asked for location-related data 37,839 times, including 1,034 “cell tower searches.”

Another significant element of the report is AT&T’s decision to disclose that it received 35-000 to 35,999 data requests from the National Security Agency. The NSA, along with the phone carriers and big U.S. tech companies, have been embroiled in an ongoing surveillance scandal touched off by ongoing leaks from former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

Until a recent court victory led by Google(s goog) and Microsoft(s msft), it had…

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