BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA
Posted on May 15, 2006
The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. said Monday its “thorough review” found no indication it gave telephone records to the National Security Agency as part of a federal anti-terrorism surveillance program.
A report last week by USA Today identified BellSouth, along with AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., as companies that had complied with an NSA request to turn over millions of customer phone records after the 2001 terror attacks.
“Based on our review to date, we have confirmed no such contract exists and we have not provided bulk customer calling records to the NSA,” the Atlanta-based regional Bell said in a statement.