Major Internet Companies Hand Data Over
By Harold Hutchison
The federal government has been getting data on massive amounts of phone and e-mail from many phone and internet providers. This includes direct tapping into servers of internet companies by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NSA/FBI program, called PRISM, involves access to the servers of tech giants like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo.
The programs appear to be extensions of programs first revealed during the George W. Bush Administration, which were declared legal and retroactively immunized in legislation passed in 2007 and 2008. Despite the fact that these records are being turned over due to a court order, Senator Rand Paul, though, has indicated he will be introducing the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act to prohibit such data collection.
Is Rand Paul right or is this collection of phone records (not the tapping of actual calls) legitimate?