Author Topic: Some Foreign Telcos Reportedly Defied NSA Phone Spying Order (Verizon may have refused to supply call data after all)  (Read 716 times)

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T-Mobile and Verizon reportedly refused to kowtow to the National Security Agency’s demand to collect all phone call records. According to the Wall Street Journal, because T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless are owned by European parent companies, they were able to successfully refuse the NSA’s court order.

“T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless don’t participate in their own collection programs because of legal complications stemming, in part, from their foreign ownership. Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG owns 74% of T-Mobile. Verizon Wireless is a joint-venture of Verizon Communications Inc. with the U.K.’s Vodafone Group PLC, which owns a 45% stake,” explain Danny Yadron and Evan Perez in their article.

This explains Verizon's "neither confirm nor deny" statement and calling the media reporting 'false' on the matter:

...Verizon cannot and will
 not comment on the program. Verizon cannot and will not confirm or deny
 whether it has any relationship to it.
     That said, media reports made claims about Verizon that are simply

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