News Verizon is Listening
posted by October 16 at 7:50 AMon
The Washington Post reports that Verizon turned over phone and internet records to the federal authorities in 720 instances where the government did not provide a court order.
The information came to light in a letter Verizion sent to Congressional Democrats this week. The Democrats are investigating the extent of the Bush Administration’s surveillance program.
The letter also revealed that the Feds tried to get much more:
Verizon also disclosed that the FBI, using administrative subpoenas, sought information identifying not just a person making a call, but all the people that customer called, as well as the people those people called. Verizon does not keep data on this “two-generation community of interest” for customers, but the request highlights the broad reach of the government’s quest for data.
It’s a little annoying that the Post article doesn’t define an “administrative subpoena” more clearly or even explain how one is obtained, but the implication seems to be that there’s no oversight or check on the government’s demands for telecom records.