Monday, May 15, 2006

Verizon Denies Supplying Call Data to NSA

Verizon issued a statement saying that while it cannot and will not confirm or deny whether it has any relationship to classified NSA operations, recent media reports about Verizon providing calling records of millions of its customers to the NSA are false.

Specifically, Verizon stated that it was not asked by NSA to provide, nor did it provide, customer phone records or any call data from its wireline phone business, its wireless company, its directory publishing business, its Internet Service Provider (ISP) or its long-distance businesses.

The company also denied turning over data on local calls to the NSA, saying that phone companies do not even make records of local calls in most cases because the vast majority of customers are not billed per call for local calls.

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