Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - June 06, 2013

by: Carol~ June 6, 2013 12:04 PM PDT

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NEWS - June 06, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 6/6/13 12:04 PM

US government shown to be collecting millions of Verizon phone records

Many of us who make phone calls every day might think that they are being monitored by an outside group or government entity. For millions of Verizon customers, that appears to be actually happening. The Guardian website reports it has received a leaked copy of a top secret court order that forces Verizon to turn over phone records to the National Security Agency.

The story has a link to a copy of the specific court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It gives the US government permission to obtain phone records, both generated domestically and internationally, from Verizon's Business Network Services and Verizon Business Services. The court order does not seem to extend to Verizon's consumer phone service nor does it cover the Verizon Wireless mobile phone service.

While the court order does not allow the government to actually listen to the content of any Verizon phone calls, they can get information on things like the time and length of each call, the locations from where the calls originated and more. The court order also keeps Verizon from telling its affected customers their phone records are being turned over to the NSA.

Continued : http://www.neowin.net/news/us-government-shown-to-be-collecting-millions-of-verizon-phone-records

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