#CyberFLASH: Telecom giants worried about “antagonizing” feds on lawful access: documents

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OTTAWA—Bell, Rogers and Research In Motion pushed to hold back details on how often customer data is being handed over to law enforcement agencies, recently released documents show.

The companies were concerned about “antagonizing” the federal government and police if they shared too much information about authorities snooping their customers’ personal data, according to correspondence obtained by the Toronto Star and Halifax Chronicle Herald.

In 2011, Canada’s privacy watchdog asked 14 companies how often they were asked by law enforcement to share customers’ data, including subscriber names, Internet protocol addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.

Nine companies responded, with an aggregate total of 1.2 million requests per year.

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