dslreports logo

story category
Verizon Admits Sharing Data Without Subpoena
Baby bells continue quest for wiretap lawsuit immunity...
by Karl Bode 09:48AM Tuesday Oct 16 2007 Tipped by RichNice See Profile
AT&T, Verizon and Qwest this week answered questions before Congress regarding the communications companies' involvement (or in Qwest's case, non-involvement) in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. Verizon gave new insight to Congress, stating they turned over private data without a court order "hundreds of times" since 2005, according to the Washington Post:
Yesterday's 13-page Verizon letter indicated that the requests went further than previously known. Verizon said it had received FBI administrative subpoenas, called national security letters, requesting data that would "identify a calling circle" for subscribers' telephone numbers, including people contacted by the people contacted by the subscriber. Verizon said it does not keep such information.
Verizon says it didn't determine the requests' legality or necessity because "to do so would slow efforts to save lives in criminal investigations." Phone companies are lobbying DC hard for immunity from any lawsuits that could result from their involvement in the program. President Bush has stated he'll veto any surveillance reform bills that don't grant this request.

139 comments .. click to read

Recommended comments

Reptiles Are Cuddly And Pretty
Mount Airy, MD

2 recommendations

reply to wifi4milez

Re: America Inc.

said by wifi4milez:

Ummm, do you have a single example of a person who criticized the government, or simply tried to leave the country being subject to rendition???? I think you are a little confused here!
Sure he does... he saw that movie about it
Only SHATNER is Kirk.