Verizon: No Warrant, No Problem

It's an awfully good time to debate telecom immunity, isn't it? Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congression

It's an awfully good time to debate telecom immunity, isn't it?

Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005. [...]

Verizon also disclosed that the FBI, using administrative subpoenas, sought information identifying not just a person making a call, but all the people that customer called, as well as the people those people called. Verizon does not keep data on this "two-generation community of interest" for customers, but the request highlights the broad reach of the government's quest for data.

From January 2005 to September 2007, Verizon provided data to federal authorities on an emergency basis 720 times, it said in the letter. The records included Internet protocol addresses as well as phone data.... Verizon and AT&T said it was not their role to second-guess the legitimacy of emergency government requests.

That's it? That's the excuse? How about second-guessing the legitimacy of the law?


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