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Verizon Voluntarily Gave Customer Phone Records to Government Without Court Orders

Business  (tags: Verizon, FBI, US government, customer call records, privacy, oversight )

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Appalling look back at what Verizon has done since 2005. Read the extent of their disclosures to federa; authorities.


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RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 3:28 pm
I knew there was a good reason I stopped using them...

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 4:01 pm
Can they Hear You Now???? YES!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 4:25 pm
Noted. this gets crazier and crazier. I don't use Verizon, but how do we know that all companies are'nt participating? It seems the government is abusing it's power more and more to spy on American citizens using "for National Security" .

. (0)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 4:25 pm
Just because I have nothing to hide doesn't mean I want to relinquish my privacy. It never occurred to me that Verizon would do this, although I don't know why I am surprised!

Stephen Hannon (203)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 5:07 pm
I guess Verizon may have submitted my telephone records to the feds, because of the international calls I got from a friend in Germany. I hope they had fun listening to our conversation, because all we talked about was my son Dan, music interests he has, and when we were going over for a 90 day visit.

We also talked about putting in a bit of Chocalate in some Coffee, and smoke some weed. Wow, a real terrrorist act indeed. Filthy bastards.

Mary H (47)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 5:27 pm
Feel the same as Gail -- it is no one's business!

Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 5:29 pm
Thank you Cate, duly noted..I have to agree with Karen do we know...I know that i do not use Verizon, but that doesn't mean Karen said maybe they all participate without our knowledge..and that stinks!....
Many blessings to all...

Jennie B (14)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 5:35 pm
So the phone companies are selling out to the government's Big Brother operation to easedrop on everyday citizens. Disgusting...amazing how easy it is to change a so-called democracy into a dictatorship-the shift is underway...Noted.Shared

Linda Hartsfield (46)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 7:05 pm
I don't use Verizon but I am sure my cell company checked me out when I called Kuwait last month to check on my granddaughter. Thankfully she is back home now.

Jennie, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks, Cate. Noted.

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 7:17 pm
And here I sit with a Verizon cellphone
not two feet away from me......*sigh*...
oh, well. What difference does it make?
Over the last 4 years, I've sent some highly
incendiary e-mails to some top government
agencies and people, from GWB on down.
I know I'm beng tracked, watched, monitored,
listened-to, etc.
Most, if not all, of my friends know by now
that I'm soon leaving Tennessee, where I've lived
for the last 12 years, and going back to my
native Southern California to recieve the medical
care for my Systemic Lupus, treatment I've been
denied here in Tennessee.
One disquieting thought has been bugging me about
the plane trip home, and that is the possibility
that I'm on the no-fly list. So, the other day,
I Googled "no-fly list", and discovered that:
A) There are 20 million people on the damned thing, and
B) It is SO secret, members of Congress aren't even
allowed to see it!
I won't know if I'm on it until I arrive at the
airline's ticket/check-in counter.
Everyone say a little prayer for me, would ya?

Thanks, Cate.

Tuesday October 16, 2007, 8:03 pm

Ratty Ratman (160)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 8:45 pm
"In that period, Verizon turned over information a total of 94,000 times to federal authorities armed with a subpoena or court order, the letter said. The information was used for a range of criminal investigations, including kidnapping and child-predator cases and counter-terrorism investigations."

Uh, excuse me but who besides me doubts there were 94,000 kidnapping, child predator and ACTUAL terrorism cases in that period of time?

Contact your bank and tell them no payments to Verison or any of their subsidiaries.

Then, contact Verison and cancel any business you have with them and tell them why.

When they say you are breaking a contract, tell them they already broke it and therefor the contract is null and void.

And remember, Congress can do anything they want but a bill or law or whatever granting immunity to a past crime is unConstitutional and not even worth the paper it's printed on.

Denice G (45)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 10:33 pm
Noted I think they listen to any one they please. It is such an invasion. Big Brother is here.

Tsandi Crew (95)
Wednesday October 17, 2007, 7:10 am
Glad I don't use a cell phone.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 17, 2007, 9:01 am
glad i don't use verizon. aren't they the ones who lost phone service for like 3 days or more a week ago and majority of their customers had no phone service?
thanks Cate for another great news article.

Timothy Brown (1)
Wednesday October 17, 2007, 9:59 am
No amnesty provisions for this industry in the surveillance re-authorization!

Daniel Barker (35)
Wednesday October 17, 2007, 12:51 pm
Can we sue Verizon for breach of privacy?

Monica Rega (96)
Thursday October 18, 2007, 10:58 am
another addition to this crazy thing we call our government! just sucking in everyone to help in doing dirty work!

Michelle R (13)
Thursday October 18, 2007, 12:03 pm
So does AT&T

Kari D (192)
Thursday October 18, 2007, 4:26 pm
think I'll stick with AT&T!

Linda H (199)
Friday October 19, 2007, 10:29 pm
I think they all do it ! They sell our phone numbers and we get sales calls all times day and night! What is privacy??

Lisa Swift (79)
Monday October 22, 2007, 11:34 pm
Tim: You are always in my prayers!

My stepbrother works for Verizon. I wonder what HE thinks about this!

Noted! Thanks, Cate!

Merry L (74)
Saturday November 10, 2007, 12:21 pm
Can't say no? Sounds like NAZI'S!
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