Social media isn’t the only sector being watched by the government. According to a poll conducted by Senator Edward Markey’s office, requests for customer mobile phone data from seven major service providers topped over 1 million in 2012 alone.
Markey says that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile each received over 250,000 requests individually from federal, state and local authorities seeking information. Sprint-Nextel did not give the senator’s office numbers in a letter but agreed to meet with the senator in person. Of the companies, AT&T claimed to have received the most, at 297,500 requests.