AT&T to join Verizon in government data-request disclosures

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc (NYS:T) will join rival Verizon Communications (VZ) in disclosing details on government requests for customer data starting in 2014, after investors called on the two largest U.S. carriers to reveal more about controversial spying operations. New York-based Verizon, the second-largest U.S. telephone company by revenue, unveiled its move on Thursday following pressure from activist investors concerned about the extent of network operators’ roles in systematic government surveillance. “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 on Friday. Investors, including Boston’s Trillium Asset Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund, publicly pushed Verizon and AT&T last month to disclose details on their sharing of customer information with government agencies.


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