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Your Verizon call records may be used to prevent terrorist attacks

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Your personal data may be part of a plan to prevent future terrorist attacks.  But does it come at the cost of your privacy?  The U.S. Government is requiring Verizon to turn over the records of millions of Americans.

Lawmakers are dialing up on fighting terrorism by using your phone records.

Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein says, “Terrorists will come after us if they can and the only thing we have to deter this is good intelligence.”

Legislators say looking at a three-month calling history of Verizon customers is vital for national security.

House Speaker, John Boehner says, “I trust the president will explain to the American people why the administration considers this a critical tool in protecting our nation from the threats of a terrorist attack.”

The move does not allow the government to listen to your telephone conversations.  It will only retrieve data like your phone number or the length of your call.”

Fox 43 legal analyst, Steven Breit says, “We’re balancing whether or not the intrusion of your privacy would outweigh the detrimental impact of terror .”

Breit says the order falls under the Patriot Act.  It authorizes the government to make demands on telephone carriers for information about calls.  But if doesn’t give you much say.

“In most of your contracts with cell phone companies, there’s a provision in there that says the company must cooperate with any government agency,” says Breit.

Verizon says it complies with court orders and cannot comment further.

 

4 comments

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Ya know what? This isn't so bad when you think about the invasion of your privacy by hackers and bug business for the purpose of marketing. It is naive to think that use of your data and patterns in the search of terroristic potential is worse than targeting you for ads and scams for your money.

  • Ted

    YEAH RIGHT IT'S THE GOVERNMENT THEY WILL LISTEN TO WHAT THEY WANT AND WHY IS IT JUST VERIZON WE NO THAT THEY ARE THE BIGGEST WIRELESS NETWORK BUT STILL NOW WE ALL HAVE TO PAY EVER SINCE THE REPUBLICANS DIDN'T DO THERE JOBS LIKE BUSH HE JUST IGNORED THE SENT MESSAGES THAT WAS SENT TO HIM AND THE C.I.A BACK IN 2000 but we are at fault THEY DIDN'T LISTEN NOW WE ALL HAVE TO PAY IF VERIZON ALOWS THIS THEY WILL LOSE ALOTE OF BIUSNESS AND RESPECT BUT THEY DON'T CARE IT'S ALL ABOUT A $ to the rich people they do what they want who cares about the working man that's WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY

  • bobby

    Sure it is very upsetting that the government does what it wants ( good or bad ) but they are here to protect everyone as much as possible. Its grossly annoying to know that so many people are worried about what the government is doing instead of worrying about how to live there ( most of the people without jobs ) pathetic lives. This country does put its nose into other countries business a lot more than it should (weather or not its needed) but we need to focus on the issues at hand. Like the fact of so many people trying to constantly look for a free ride and driving this country into the ground. If you have done nothing wrong than there is no need to worry about what they do with are information.Its not are information to begin with, your phone ( along with a lot of other things ) is a PRIVILEGE not a RIGHT!!!! Thank You

  • kevin

    In a way i agree with some of the comments, but i am getting tired of we the people having to their job as to detect terrorism and or what ever else . This is why we have special organizations to this ,with out butting in to our business, they want time the length of the call , oh boy cant talk to mom long ,and further more this country is already ran in the ground , raising taxes , gas prices (which is a crock) and internet usage and now our phones won't be long til they know when you use the bathroom. Our government needs to get their priorities straight at all levels and start in house

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