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Aug 7th 2015

AOL Releases Transparency Report for the First Half of 2015

Over the last several years, AOL has worked with industry peers and lawmakers to advocate for increased transparency, an end to the bulk collection of Internet metadata, and improved oversight and accountability of government surveillance programs. The USA Freedom Act -- which passed both houses of Congress with large bipartisan majorities and was signed into law by President Obama last month -- takes important steps towards all of these goals. We commend the people and organizations who worked on this effort.

As has been our practice, we issue transparency reports reflecting governmental demands for user data that we have received over six-month periods.[1] This report covers demands that we received through the first half of 2015.[2] The first table below includes information on the FISA orders that we received for non-content and content information. The second table provides information on the National Security Letters ("NSLs") that we received for such information. The third table provides information on the legal demands that AOL has received from federal, state, and local authorities in criminal investigations (outside of the national security context).[3] Note that AOL vigorously contests on behalf of our users any demands that we believe are ambiguous or legally defective.

As with our previous transparency reports, the tables below indicate that demands for user data impact less than one hundredth of one percent of AOL accounts. In addition, the number of accounts may not equal the number of individuals impacted, as users may have multiple accounts that are the subject of such demands.

[1] Note that this report relates to AOL only. Verizon, which acquired AOL earlier this summer, has issued a separate transparency report.

[2] The U.S. government imposes a six-month delay for reporting Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders. Accordingly, this report reflects FISA orders only through December 2014.

[3] AOL has not received any demands from foreign authorities.

Mar 8th 2012

AOL Industry Picks GovEvents


GovEvents has partnered with AOL Industry to provide government-related event feeds to AOL Energy, AOL Defense and AOL Government. Delivering custom feeds, based on related keywords, GovEvents will help deliver industry-specific events to AOL Industry users.

"GovEvents provides a much needed service to the government community, aggregating the numerous events taking place everyday," said Wyatt Kash, editor AOL Government. "We wanted to provide a similar service to our readers within AOL and a partnership was a great way to do this. With GovEvents, we have been able to customize the event feeds to meet the needs and interests of our audience, making it easy for them to get news, event info, online discussions, and multimedia resources all in one place."

In addition to the existing feeds, AOL Industry Editors will provide editorial coverage to select GovEvents events, providing further insight into industry events featured on the sites.

Mar 5th 2012

AOL Defense Editor Interviews Armed Services Chairman on C-SPAN

AOL Defense's Colin Clark interviewed the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee on C-SPAN's Newsmakers this past Sunday on Capitol Hill. AOL Defense features defense industry news, analysis and community and is part of our trade media unit, AOL Industry.

Colin, an award-winning journalist with expertise in defense, intelligence and aerospace, was selected by C-SPAN to interview Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and participate in a reporter roundtable following the interview for their Newsmakers program, which aired Sunday. Each week, C-SPAN elects two reporters to interview special guests and the journalists then have the chance to participate in a roundtable following the interview. Colin discussed defense issues including defense cuts, Afghanistan developments, Syria, Iran and other topics covered by AOL Defense with Chairman McKeon. To learn more, watch the interview here.

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