Everything You Need to Know About NSA Snooping Scandal

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  • Hold the Phone
  • Whistleblower Revealed
  • What Exactly Is Verizon Collecting?
  • Who Approved the Order?
  • I'm a Verizon Customer. Am I Being Bugged?
  • What's the Point?
  • What Happens to the Records?
  • Bush Did it First
  • Are Verizon Customers the Only Ones Affected?
  • It Doesn't End There
  • "Reprehensible"
  • What Is the White House Saying?
  • What Does Congress Think?
  • Do All Lawmakers Share That View?
  • The Gray Lady Seethes
  • Can They Hear Me Now?
  • A Necessary Evil
  • Watching Big Brother Watching You
  • Tighter Reins
  • Housing Wanted
  • Two Degrees of Separation
  • Hands Off
  • By Committee

What Exactly Is Verizon Collecting?

Under a secret court order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Verizon collects metadata: incoming and outgoing phone numbers of a given call, where and when a call was made and how long it lasted and unique identifiers of the subscribers' phones, like SIM cards. 

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