Monday, May 15, 2006
Have Your Phone Records Handy
Verizon has been sued for giving the NSA the phone records of millions of Americans. The lawsuit was filed on Saturday just days after USA Today reported Verizon, Bell South and AT&T handed over millions of phone call records to help the government build the world’s largest database, The 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act made it illegal for telephone companies and computer service providers to give the government records showing who their customers had dialed or e-mailed. Attorneys say that under the 1986 law the telecoms could be forced to pay out one thousand dollars per violation per customer.
Everyone get your phone records out, President Bush may have just solved the countries economic problems if these lawsuits are allowed to go class action. But of course all of the major phone carriers, except for Qwest, would end up going bankrupt. Oh well seems like a small price to pay for a few thousand bucks each.