NSA deletes phone records, citing 'technical irregularities'

June 28, 2018 - 9:56 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency says it is deleting call records after "irregularities" caused the agency to collect records it was not authorized to receive.

The agency says in a statement Thursday it began deleting records in May after "analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers."

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

The statement adds that "the root cause of the problem has since been addressed" for future call record collecting.

In a written follow-up statement to The Associated Press, the NSA says it is "following a specific court-authorized process," but technical irregularities resulted in the production of some call records that the NSA "was not authorized to receive."

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