The table below sets forth the number of national security demands we received in 2013. We note that while we now are able to provide more information about national security orders that directly relate to our customers, reporting on other matters, such as any orders we may have received related to the bulk collection of non-content information, remains prohibited.
|Jan. 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013||July 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013|
|National Security Letters||0-999||0-999|
|Number of customer selectors||2000-2999||2000-2999|
|FISA Orders (Content)||0-999||*|
|Number of customer selectors||4000-4999||*|
|FISA Orders (Non-Content)||0-999||*|
|Number of customer selectors||0-999||*|
|* The government has imposed a six month delay for reporting this data|
We explained in our Transparency Report that we had received between 1000 and 1999 National Security Letters in 2013. We separately provide details for the first half and second half of 2013 now; in the future, we will make semi-annual reports regarding only the immediately preceding six month period. In the first half of 2013, we received between 0 and 999 NSLs from the FBI. Similarly, we received between 0 and 999 NSLs in the second part of 2013. In the first six months of the year, those NSLs sought information regarding between 2000 and 2999 “selectors” used to identify a Verizon customer. The same is true for the second half of 2013. (The government uses the term “customer selector” to refer to an identifier, most often a phone number, which specifies a customer. The number of selectors is generally greater than the number of “customer accounts.” An NSL might ask for the names associated with two different telephone numbers; even if both phone numbers were assigned to the same customer account, we would count them as two selectors.)
As we explained in our Transparency Report, the FBI may seek only limited categories of information through an NSL: name, address, length of service and toll billing records. Verizon does not release any other information in response to an NSL, such as content or location information.
The government requires that we delay the report of any orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for six months. Thus, at this time, we may report FISA information only for the first half of 2013. In July, or soon thereafter, we will report FISA information regarding the second half of 2013.
From January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, we received between 0 and 999 FISA orders for content. Those orders targeted between 4000 and 4999 “customer selectors” used to identify a Verizon customer.
From January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, we received between 0 and 999 reportable FISA orders for non-content. Some FISA orders that seek content also seek non-content; we counted those as FISA orders for content and to avoid double counting have not also counted them as FISA orders for non-content. Those orders targeted between 0 and 999 “customer selectors.”
We will update our Transparency Report again in the middle of the year.