(photo by Amelia)
I am NOT a big fan of Qwest-but they went up 10 points in my book today:
Say thanks by posting a comment below (you don’t need to join, leave email or website to post). And pass this man an email.
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer David J. Heller- email: Corporate.Compliance@qwest.com
When the NSA asked all the telcos to participate in its apparently illegal campaign to create a database of every call ever made in the U.S., only one stood up to the federal snoopers - Qwest. The company refused to turn over customer information unless it first received a warrant. Qwest customers are safe, because no warrant was ever produced.
…Trying to put pressure on Qwest, NSA representatives pointedly told Qwest that it was the lone holdout among the big telecommunications companies.
It also tried appealing to Qwest’s patriotic side: In one meeting, an NSA representative suggested that Qwest’s refusal to contribute to the database could compromise national security, one person recalled.
In addition, the agency suggested that Qwest’s foot-dragging might affect its ability toget future classified work with the government.