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NSA call logging extends to AT&T and Sprint

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NSA call logging extends to AT&T and Sprint
We said when we reported that companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook had been named as part of the NSA's PRISM data collection program that we would be hearing more soon enough. We didn't expect how soon though. As we were writing that story, The Wall Street Journal reported that the NSA's call logging extends beyond Verizon to cover AT&T and Sprint as well.

To be clear, the NSA's call logging and PRISM are technically two different programs, but both have aims in counter-terrorism. While the data collected by PRISM isn't clear, we do know that the call logging data does not include any personal data unless the NSA has probable cause to obtain that information. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that sources close to the program say it does include AT&T and Sprint, meaning the NSA is obtaining call data from 3 of the 4 major wireless carriers in the U.S. 

The program apparently also extends to various ISPs, but those weren't named. So far, representatives from Congress are not denying any of the reports, but rather saying that these actions have "worked to prevent" terrorist attacks. 

source: WSJ

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