NSA deleting millions of phone call and text records over privacy violations

“Technical irregularities” have the NSA scrambling to delete millions upon millions of phone and text message data records the agency should never have obtained under the USA Freedom Act.

While The New York Times reported the number of call detail records (CDR) the NSA was deleting was in “hundreds of millions,” the Associated Press clockedthe number at “more than 685 million call records.” If that number is correct, then it came from the 534 million records the NSA collected in 2017 – a year in which NSA phone record surveillance tripled – as well as the 151 million records collected in 2016, which was the first full year after the USA Freedom Act surveillance rules kicked in.

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