Are you a Verizon customer? If so, the U.S. is probably collecting your phone records

Are you a Verizon customer? If so, the U.S. is probably collecting your phone records

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM CDT

Are you a Verizon customer? If so, your phone records may be being collected by the National Security Agency, according to a report.

According to a report from U.K.-based newspaper The Guardian, the National Security Agency is collecting telephone records for millions of Verizon phone customers in the U.S. under a secret court order issued earlier this year.

The Guardian report says the court order "requires Verizon on an 'ongoing, daily basis' to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries."

According to The Guardian report:

The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.

Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.


What the media is saying

The New York Times: U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls

USA Today: White House: Phone records 'critical tool' to fight terrorism

The Guardian: Verizon court order: telephone call metadata and what it can show

Los Angeles Times: Obama administration defends collecting Verizon phone data

Wall Street Journal: Obama Defends Phone-Record Tracking as 'Critical Tool'

The Washington Post: Verizon providing all call records to U.S. under court order

U.S. News & World Report column: Should the Government Stop Collecting Phone Records?


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