NSA call logging extends to AT&T and Sprint

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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11 Comments

1. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Its news like this that make me wish I could unplug from the whole system, but its hard nowadays. Nothing is safe. I know there is a need to track things like this for the sake of national security, but I have issues with it. Do I have anything to hide, no. But am I bothered that big brother is watching us all, yes.

2. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Double post

3. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

You can stay online and TRY to be safe. Encrypt your email, use proxies, etc. Although that probably could make you look more like a threat because one would wonder what you were sending that was so secrative. Unplugging this day in time is going to be difficult. Everyone is so used to being connected. I have mixed feelings on the logging stuff and that bleeds over to how the press deals with information too. Its a big can of worms I guess. This isnt the first ive heard about major carriers giving up data to the feds though.

5. WM6.5Sucks

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yea, almost like, "why aren't you logged-in to Facebook(Instagram), Twitter, Yahoo, Google(and all its proxies i.e G+, youtube etc.)" you must be up to something! >-(

4. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

The biggest terrorist is the US Government ol conspiring asses

6. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

ok time to go "off the grid"

7. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

In the of name terrorist object of the game is whole different

8. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

This is the epic part of US govt. Spying and running over any human rights saying that they are protecting and goes forward to raise war on innocent people. But every Americans should remember they are doing these crimes with your own money. Dont you guys think this should be stopped?

9. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

This reminds me of Person of Interest.

11. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

That's what I thought too :)

10. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Now I see the reason behind the deliberate destruction of Nokia's Symbian, MeeGo, and Meltemi OS. Because the US NSA wants MONOPOLY of data from users that would otherwise become impossible to control for companies (like Nokia) that are headquartered outside the US. Bad...

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