Court Order Allows The Government Access To Verizon Records

Secret Court Order Allows The Government To Access All Verizon Call Records

verizon_300x300The U.S. National Security Agency has been allowed by a court order to collect phone records of a large number of customers of Verizon, according to a report in the Guardian on Thursday.

The April 25 order from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C., requires Verizon to produce call records or “telephony metadata” on an ongoing daily basis, according to the British newspaper, which published what it said was a copy of the order.

The metadata includes communications routing information such as session-identifying information, trunk identifier, telephone calling card numbers, and time and duration of call, according to the document. It will not, however, contain the content of a communication, or the name, address, and financial information of the customer.

The authorization expires on July 19, and the order can only be declassified by April 2038.

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