Verizon releases Transparency Report for first half 2015

By: Craig Silliman

Verizon is pleased to release our Transparency Report for the first half of 2015. As in the past, this report describes the different types of demands we receive and the types of data that we disclose in response to those demands. During the first half of this year, we received almost 150,000 demands for customer information from United States law enforcement. That number is generally comparable to figures we’ve reported in the past.

While we have a legal obligation to provide customer information to law enforcement in response to these lawful demands, protecting our customers’ privacy remains a bedrock commitment at Verizon and we take seriously our duty to provide such information only when authorized by law. To that end, we continue to carefully review each demand we receive and, where appropriate, we require law enforcement agencies to narrow the scope of their demands or correct errors in those demands before we produce some or all of the information sought. Although we continue to receive large numbers of demands, the overall percent of our customers affected remains very small.

Craig Silliman is Verizon’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Public Policy. He leads Verizon’s legal, regulatory, public policy, government affairs and security groups. Before assuming his current position in January 2015, Silliman was senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon's global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.  Prior to that, Silliman served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon. He was senior vice president and general counsel for Verizon's wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.