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Verizon Won't Give Government Unfettered Record Access

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Verizon Communications said Friday it does not and will not provide any government agency unfettered access to customer records.

 

The telecommunications company said it could not comment on a "highly classified" National Security Agency program that President George W. Bush has referred to, nor could it confirm or deny whether it has had any relationship to the program.

 

"Verizon does not, and will not, provide any government agency unfettered access to our customer records or provide information to the government under circumstances that would allow a fishing expedition," the company said in a statement.

 

 

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1961751,00.asp

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Wikipedia has an article about this NSA call database.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSA_call_database

 

The NSA call database is a database of telephone calls created by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) with the cooperation of three of the largest telephone carriers in the United States: AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.[1] The database contains records provided by companies that have connected nearly 2 trillion telephone calls since late 2001.[2]

 

The May 10, 2006 USA Today report that broke the story did not elaborate on its sources, but claimed that the only company to refuse to comply was Qwest Communications, citing the need for a warrant. Later, T-Mobile explicitly stated they do not participate in warrant-less surveillance.[3] The database's existence has prompted fierce objections from activists claiming it is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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Calls are quickly becoming outdated; increased internet security makes it much easier to communicate via e-mail, VOIP, or IM.

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