And it has collected credit card, web-browsing data: insiders
(NEWSER) – It's not just Verizon customers who face government surveillance: The NSA has also been keeping track of phone records from the other two biggest phone networks, AT&T and Sprint Nextel, the Wall Street Journalreports. The Journal puts it starkly: When most Americans make a call, the NSA knows where and when it occurred, what number was called, and how long the conversation lasted. All three branches of the government have approved the process. On top of that, the agency has tracked credit card usage, insiders say, and it has received information from Internet service providers on user activity from emailing to web-surfing—though it's not clear whether the ISP and credit card data-gathering is still occurring.
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