Snooping Outcry May Push Verizon, Others To Fight NSA Orders

By Allison Grande (June 6, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT) -- Verizon Communications Inc. had little choice but to comply with the National Security Agency's recent demand for all its customer phone records, attorneys say, but the public outcry that has followed may convince the company and others that they should mount more of a fight next time the government comes calling.

In a top-secret order issued in April, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court granted the government's application to require Verizon Business Network Services Inc. on an "ongoing, daily basis" for three months to turn over certain "telephony metadata" pertaining to all calls made on its networks within the U.S. and...

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