AT&T Follows Verizon’s Lead in Data Collection Transparency

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AT&T (NYSE:T) has decided to join rival Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) in disclosing details of government requests for customer data beginning in 2014, Reuters reports.

The decision by AT&T and Verizon comes as investors for both companies have called for details regarding the extent of controversial spying operations in the wake of National Security Agency, or NSA, leaks from Edward Snowden. After Verizon announced its intent to reveal detailed information this past Thursday amid mounting pressure from activist investors, including Boston’s Trillium Asset Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund, AT&T followed suit on Friday.

“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 said in a statement. Of course, there have so far been some restrictions on the extent to which these companies are able to detail the government data requests.

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