The word came this week that the agency has kept track of Verizon customers but they aren’t alone.
AT&T, Sprint, and Nextel customers have had big brother looking over their shoulder as well.
Reports from the Wall Street Journal confirm the details. When you use your mobile device records are kept on the number you dialed, where and when you made the call, and how long you talked.
While it may sound like this was a rouge action by the NSA , that isn’t the case. The record sniping was approved at all levels of the government.
But there’s more. Also tracked were internet service providers meaning there are records on what you searched on the web and your email activity as well as credit card usage.
The Journal reports the program started during the Bush administration and was continued under President Obama.
James Clapper is the Director of National Intelligence, he claims the information is "subject to strict restrictions on handling."