The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
Ok, ok I didn’t hear you anyways. Apparently, only the contents of the conversation are still private, but for how long? Everything else though is to be handed over. Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. So pretty much if you’re an agent of a terrorist group or foreign state, or even a finite set of individually named targets get off your cell!! As if you didn’t already suspect this possibility and already speaking in code and finding other means of communication that cannot be interrupted or interloped.