NSA the removal of hundreds of millions of call records, raising questions about the surveillance program’s viability

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The National Security Agency (NSA) is the purging of what seems to be hundreds of millions of telephone records collected by the AMERICAN telecommunications companies that the agency had acquired since 2015.

The agency released a statement on Thursday saying that it started with the deletion of records in May after “analysts noted technical irregularities in some of the data received in the field of telecommunications service providers.”

The records date back to 2015 and were obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The statement added that “the cause of the problem has been addressed” for the future of the call record to collect.

In a written follow-up statement to the Associated Press, the NSA said that the “follow a specific court-authorized process,” but technical irregularities resulted in the production of some of the call records that the NSA “was not authorized to receive.”

The NSA confronted with a legal struggle around the Internet surveillance program for the collection of data in 2017, when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union would be able to go.

David Kris, a member of the Ministry of Justice, during the Obama administration, told the New York Times that the agency with the announcement of the “failure” of the Obama administration to properly implement the Freedom Act, a surveillance law passed in 2015 after the controversial Patriot Act expire.

Others placed the blame elsewhere.

“Telecom companies hold enormous amounts of personal data on Americans,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said at the Time. “This incident shows, these companies responded with unacceptable carelessness, and not to comply with the law when she shared customers sensitive data with the government.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter covering global affairs, technology and national news for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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