Explained: NSA’s data mining project

In a question and answer format, News.com explains the major issues surrounding the National Security Administration’s data-mining project. The scope of records surrendered by Verizon, BellSouth, and AT & T is detailed–neither the content of the calls were turned over, nor were customer names, addresses, and other personal information.
“Call detail records” are explained and defined as database entries that record the parties to a conversation, the duration of the call etc. The article then explains why the NSA wants these “CDRs” and what they might intend to do with them. What the NSA can do with just your phone number is also examined, and why it is harder for cell phone calls to be collected and mined compared to landlines. Finally, the article explains why the recent revelations about the scope of the program are so important…

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