T-Mobile reports an increase in snooping requests from the government
Facebook's Messenger have largely held against the authorities requests for full disclosure. Not so with your wireless carrier, though. One NSA document called AT&T "highly collaborative," while another praised the carrier's "extreme willingness to help," and the same goes for all of them when it comes to granting the government access to their users' data.It's been a constant cat-and-mouse game since then, but Apple, the creators of encrypted chat apps, and even
Whether it is location triangulation, call logs or even message content, the authorities are constantly probing US carriers on info about their subscribers for various reasons. The latest T-Mobile transparency report, for instance, cites responses to 219,377 subpoenas, more than what it had to deal with in the previous period. Thes 55,372 court orders and 27,203 warrants also represent a significant increase over last year's transparency report.
Of course, most of these requests have legitimate reasons. The subpoenas, however, are on a federal level, and don't even require judicial supervision. On the plus side, the law enforcement requests to track T-Mobile subscribers' whereabouts will register a dip since the Feds now need a court warrant for historical locations' tower data dumps.