Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks shook the nation to its core and have created big questions among mobile phone users. The NSA’s collection of cellphone metadata, as well as other information, was done with the cooperation of mobile carriers. Customers understandably have begun to demand accountability from their providers. Credo Mobile announced today that it has released a report documenting the information requests it received from the NSA. The report lays out all of the pertinent interactions the company had with government agencies over the course of 2013. Each information request is documented, as well as whether or not Credo gave up the data. The report also documents the percentage of governmental requests for which some or all of the information was provided.
Credo piggybacks on Sprint‘s network along with Boost mobile, and gives its customer the opportunity to have the hot new phones while still putting their mobile dollars towards the causes they believe in. The company made its business on offering up the phones people want with a social conscience. Recently Credo mobile has offered hot phones such as the Nexus 5 and the LG G Flex. The San Francisco based company donates portions of its proceeds to progressive causes such as Planned Parenthood, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Releasing this transparency report is in line with the Credo Mobile’s social mission. If you’d like to see the transparency stats for yourself, you can see it here. For more information about Credo Mobile and its transparency report, the company’s press release follows below:
CREDO Releases First Telecom Industry Transparency Report Following Leak of NSA Spying Programs San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is releasing a transparency report detailing the number of governmental requests it has received to turn over customer information. CREDO is the first telecom carrier to release a transparency report after the revelations were made public about the NSA’s dragnet that collects information about the phone calls, emails and other communications of virtually all Americans. CREDO, which supports the repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act, a plea bargain or clemency for Edward Snowden, and an end to the retroactive immunity granted to protect telecom companies from facing charges for colluding with the NSA in the illegal wiretapping of Americans, is releasing the report to increase transparency around governmental requests for customer information. True reform will require action by Congress or the courts. But until that is possible, this transparency report represents a small and achievable step forward towards improved civil liberties protections and NSA reforms advocated by CREDO, and includes information about the number of governmental requests for subscriber information pursuant to subpoena, summons or court order. Read the report here: http://www.credomobile.com/misc/transparency.aspx Please note: due to existing U.S. surveillance statutes that CREDO is on the record opposing, such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, this report and those of other service providers may fall short of full transparency. Under such statutes, gags may be imposed on telecom companies that prohibit any discussion of certain types of requests for customer information, such as National Security Letters (NSLs) and orders under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, as well as whether such hypothetical orders have been complied with or whether they have been challenged in court. “CREDO has a decades-long record fighting for the civil liberties, not just of our phone customers, but of all Americans,” said Michael Kieschnick, CEO of CREDO. “Despite the shocking revelations of NSA abuses, the U.S. government continues to defend unconstitutional programs to systematically spy on Americans. So it’s up to companies like ours to lift the curtain to the extent allowed by law and fight for our customers’ constitutional rights.”
CREDO is a U.S. telecommunications company based in California and has a long history of defending civil liberties and fighting against abuses of power that threaten Americans’ constitutional rights to privacy. CREDO opposes overreaching government surveillance of American citizens, and has fought to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act. During the Bush Administration, CREDO fought against the unprecedented federal wiretapping of American citizens without any court order and the cover up that followed, including the granting of retroactive immunity to large telecom companies that made the warrantless wiretapping possible. CREDO supports the full repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and is working to pass Rep. Rush Holt’s Surveillance State Repeal Act. Until full repeal is successful, CREDO is endorsing the USA Freedom Act to halt the dragnet indiscriminately sweeping up the phone records of Americans under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and to provide much-needed transparency for National Security Letters and other warrantless spying on our citizens. CREDO opposes Sen. Feinstein’s recent intelligence bill (the so-called “FISA Improvements Act”) which, under the guise of reform, does nothing to prevent the rampant 4th and 1st Amendment abuses that have become routine practices of a rogue NSA and other intelligence agencies. CREDO is a committed funder of civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.