CREDO published its transparency report for 2013 on January 8, making them the first telecom company to do so. Since part of their mission as a company is to fight for progressive social change this is not very surprising. Hopefully this act will push others to do the same.
As far as the report itself goes, there isn’t much to report. There were a total of sixteen governmental requests for information, a surprisingly small figure but CREDO is a small company. Out of those sixteen all or some of the customer data requested was supplied for fourteen of them. There is also a disclaimer that they included every request in the transparency report that is not subject to a legal order not to disclose.
CREDO opposes Orwellian government surveillance of American citizens and has fought for full repeal of the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. To that end they have given nearly $2,000,000 to civil liberties groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Demand Progress, and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
CREDO ADVOCACY AND FUNDING
CREDO supports the repeal the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and the passage of Rep. Rush Holt’s Surveillance State Repeal Act. Until full repeal can be achieved, CREDO has worked specifically to reform the worst abuses of both acts. This includes fighting to roll back the National Security Letter (NSL) provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, and fighting to make FISA Court opinions public so that the American people know how the secret FISA court is interpreting the law. CREDO endorses the USA Freedom Act and the Amash Amendment, both aimed at halting the indiscriminate dragnet sweeping up the phone records of Americans. CREDO also opposes Senator Feinstein’s FISA Improvements Act which would codify the NSA’s unconstitutional program of surveillance by bulk collection.
In addition to our civil rights activism, we also are 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.
CREDO plans to make this a quarterly report. You can follow this link to read their first transparency report in its entirety.