Telecommunications providers; notices of data releases to federal agencies. (HB13)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Telecommunications providers; notices of data releases to federal agencies. Requires any provider of telephone service, commercial mobile radio service, and Voice-over-Internet protocol service to conspicuously disclose to its customers, both in periodic billing statements and in contracts for telecommunications services or for the sale or lease of equipment, whether the provider is being, or has been, directed by order of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or other court to provide call detail records or telephony metadata for its customers to the National Security Agency or other agency of the federal government. If so, the provider is also required to include a description of the nature and type of call detail records or telephony metadata that it is being, or has been, directed to provide to such agency. If the telecommunications provider is prohibited from disclosing such information, it shall disclose that fact. Providers are exempt from such requirements if federal statutory law or court order prohibits them from making the disclosures. The measure also provides that the State Corporation Commission (i) has jurisdiction over wireless service providers as a public utility to the extent necessary to enforce these disclosure requirements and (ii) may require providers to furnish to it information in order to show their compliance with these requirements. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/18/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100060D
11/18/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2014Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2014Impact statement from SCC (HB13)
02/12/2014Left in Commerce and Labor


ACLU-VA Privacy Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that requires telecommunications providers to inform customers when their private information is released to federal agencies.