Verizon gave feds call data

Verizon Communications told Congressional investigators looking into the federal government's domestic eavesdropping scandal, the telco has provided the government with information about customers' call patterns hundreds of times since 2005--without requesting the government obtain a court-ordered warrant for the data. Verizon defended its actions by saying it didn't want to delay security activities in which human lives might be at stake.

Verizon's admission came in a written statement responding to Congressional requests for information. However, it stopped short of saying these actions were performed in the context of a secret domestic spying program. Also, Verizon, AT&T and Qwest all refused to discuss their alleged participation in such a program, saying they need the Bush administration's approval to do so.

For more:
- The Washington Post has more on Verizon's admission
- CNET has this story about the lack of further detail

Related articles:
- Joe Nacchio says the feds punished Qwest for refusing to support a secret spying program

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