NSA Builds Database of All Phone Calls (2006)

The National Security Agency (equivalent of the UK GCHQ) has secretly collected the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.
This program, unlike Echelon, does not monitor content, but instead is a very large database that uses patterns of calls, as it builds up a complete list of who is talking to who. It is currently the biggest type of database in the world, and has the intention of containing information about every call made in the US.
Out of all the big telecommunications companies in the US only Qwest has refused to help the NSA – as the NSA was demanding the information without a warrant.

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