Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The U.S. National Security Agency has drastically increased the number of phone records it collects. An intelligence agency report released on Friday revealed that the organization harvested over 534 million call and text records in 2017. That's a sharp rise on 2016 when the NSA collected just over 151 million records from providers such as AT&T and Verizon. The increase is notable as it comes in the second full year of a new surveillance system which was established to limit the NSA collecting such data in bulk.