Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s largest telco and owner of T-Mobile USA, says it will soon report the number of requests for call data it’s received from governments around the world, including the U.S. government.
It will be the first time Deutsche Telekom has provided details of such requests from governments outside Germany.
In 2013, Verizon was found to have been supplying the National Security Agency with millions of phone records. It was the first of two surveillance bombshells that dropped last year, the second being revelations about the NSA’s secret Prism program, which monitored information from the nation’s largest Internet companies.
Media reports in the wake of the scandals revealed that AT&T and Sprint, too, had been providing phone records to the feds. In 2013, AT&T reported having received more than 300,000 demands for call data from authorities investigating criminal and civil matters.
A Deutsche Telekom spokeswoman says T-Mobile is currently studying the level of detail it can disclose on the information requests.
Another European operator, Vodafone, released its first report on government intercepts last year. And in it was the somewhat disturbing factoid that in six countries where it operates, Vodafone had allowed law enforcement agencies to attach surveillance hardware directly to its network, implying that those governments could collect call data without even notifying the carrier.