Telecommunications companies are legally obliged to assist security agencies. This includes, for example, surveillance measures to record telecommunications connections and information about account holders.
Every year since 2014, Deutsche Telekom has published a transparency report for Germany, which covers the types and amount of information we disclose to security agencies.
In 2016, the transparency report was expanded to include all the national companies. The matching international report was last published in February 2019.
International legal framework conditions differ considerably. In some countries it is illegal to disclose security measures, while in others surveillance is directly conducted by the authorities without the involvement of telecommunications companies.
You can find out more about the different situations in the relevant countries on our website.
We consider it the responsibility of the authorities to ensure transparency regarding security measures and called for improved online security in the context of a ten-point program in January 2015. Until state authorities meet our demands, we will strive to provide the necessary transparency ourselves to the extent legally possible.