Canadian telecoms Rogers and TekSavvy just released disclosure reports about how often government agencies ask them for customer data. Here’s a rundown of what we know from individual companies so far. Note the time periods vary.
Total data requests in 2013: 174,917
Requests with a warrant: 74,415 (43%)
Other: Rogers says it received 9,339 “emergency requests from police in life threatening (sic) situations” plus 711 requests in cases of child exploitation emergencies, and 2,556 requests under government requirement orders issued under such laws as the Customs Act or Income Tax Act.
How many requests were granted: Rogers doesn’t say.
Who asked for the data: the RCMP, CSIS, Canada Border Services Agency and the Canada Revenue Agency, as well as provincial and municipal agencies like police forces and coroners.
Total data requests in 2012 and 2013 combined: 52, all of which were for subscriber information.
Number of requests granted: 17 (33 per cent)
Number of times a warrant was used: 1 (6% of disclosures, 2% of requests)
Other: TekSavvy was sued for information on 2,114 IP addresses tied to downloads of a copyrighted movie. Background here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/court-tells-teksavvy-to-reveal-customers-who-illegally-download-movies/article17025513/
Total data requests from first six months of 2013: 192 requests for info on 219 accounts.
Amount of requests granted: Facebook says it handed over full or partial information in 44% of cases.
Times a warrant was used: Though Facebook doesn’t explicitly spell this out, a spokesperson tells me that they only ever hand out data if a warrant is produced, even in cases of emergencies. So from this we can gather that police used a warrant 44% of the time. The staffer tells me most requests are for IP addresses tied to certain accounts/pages.
Total data requests from June 2010 to June 2011: approximately 100 requests.
Times a warrant was used: 20%
Note: These figures don not include police asking for surveillance footage from Apple stores during theft investigations.
And of course we know nine companies received 1.2 million requests from government agencies in one year. Details about what companies were asked is here.