(LONDON) -- Phone records of millions of Verizon customers have been collected daily by the National Security Agency since late April based on a joint request by the NSA and FBI, the British newspaper The Guardian reports.
According to the order granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Verizon is turning over information that includes phone numbers of both parties, location data and length of calls, as well as time and duration. This includes conversations that occur either within U.S. borders or when a Verizon customers calls someone aboard.
The NSA is forbidden from gathering the contents of messages or personal information regarding the Verizon subscriber. Presumably, however, the NSA could learn information about how, when and possibly where a subscriber contacted the other party.
The NSA will continue receiving the Verizon phone records until July 19. The policy was one also used during the second Bush administration in an effort to learn of any threats to national security although in the current instance, the request by the NSA goes far beyond targeting suspected agents of terrorist groups or so-called rogue nations.
When reached by The Guardian, the White House, Justice Department, NSA and Verizon all refused to comment about the story.
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