San Francisco suit alleges
phone records illegally disclosed
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
May 26, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The American Civil Liberties Union
and 17 Californians have sued AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications
Inc. in San Francisco Superior Court today over the two companies'
alleged transfer of telephone records to the National Security
The two lawsuits claim the companies are violating the California
constitution's guarantee of privacy.
The lawsuits also contend the alleged practice violates a state
public utility law that bars the release of call records without
a subscriber's permission.
Nicole Ozer, the technology and civil liberties director for
the ACLU of Northern California, said today, "This is much
more than data mining."
Ozer charged, "This has been the systematic strip-mining
of the private calls of millions of innocent Americans."
A separate lawsuit based on the federal constitution and federal
law is pending against AT&T in U.S. District Court in San
Francisco. AT&T and Verizon have previously declined to give
any details about any alleged collaboration with the National
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