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Investors Want AT&T, Verizon To Share Gov’t Requests

TRANSPARENCY—U.S.

November 21, 2013

Bloomberg reports that investors have asked AT&T and Verizon to reveal what data was shared with U.S. and foreign governments and what measures were taken to protect users’ privacy. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said, “Transparency allows investors to make informed decisions about corporate behavior … Publishing regular reports on requests for information from governments would be an appropriate response to shareholder and customer concerns about trust and privacy in the digital world.” A spokesman for AT&T said, “As standard practice we look carefully at all shareholder proposals, but at this point in the process we do not expect to comment on them.” Meanwhile, newly released FISA court documents reveal that the NSA shared bulk e-mail and phone records data with other government agencies, a violation of court-ordered procedures, The Guardian reports.
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