Compliance Management, Privacy

Canadian telecom co. Telus unveils first transparency report

Canadian telecommunications company Telus has shared its first transparency report detailing government requests for customer data, a Toronto Star report said.

According to the report, the Vancouver-based firm received more than 103,000 “official requests” last year, the majority (56,748) of which were related to “emergency situations,” like 911 calls. Of the data requests, more than 4,300 were made at the behest of court orders or subpoenas, the report (PDF) showed.

Earlier this week, U.S. tech giant Google revealed that it had seen a 150 percent jump in requests for user information since it began publishing its data in 2009. So far in 2014, Google has received 41,698 user data requests involving more than 48,000 accounts, it said. The company turned over the information in about 65 percent of cases.

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