Verizon Communications, AT&T and BellSouth are denying that they entered into any agreements with the National Security Agency to hand over records of customer calls. The denials come among intense scrutiny from lawmakers and lawsuits from privacy advocates. A USA Today article previously identified Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth as working under contract with the NSA. The type of relationship the NSA has with these companies remains unclear, but the statements seem to indicate that phone companies didn't simply hand over call records. The information may have taken various forms and varied among the companies, The Wall Street Journal reports.
For more about these companies' denials:
- take a look at this report from The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)