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Verizon NSA Call Records Reaction
Revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting call records for tens of millions of Verizon customers under a secret order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) sparked an instant backlash on Thursday from civil liberties groups. The NSA's data collection practices, first reported by Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian, require Verizon "to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries" on a daily basis. While the NSA's sweeping collections do not include audio recordings of actual telephone calls, they do include "the numbers of both parties on a call" along with "location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls."


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