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AT&T Fields Thousands of National Security Requests for Customer Data

February 18, 2014 /

NSLs, subpoenas issued by the FBI in regard to counterterrorism or counterintelligence, are limited to basic information, such as a list of phone numbers dialed or subscriber information – not the actual content of specific messages. But it in the first half of 2013, AT&T also received up to 999 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests for “content” information on between 35,000–35,999 accounts – and up to 999 requests on up to 999 subscribers for “non-content” information. These court orders issued pursuant to FISA require communications providers to respond to government requests for data related to national security investigations, such as international terrorism or espionage.