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Published June 06, 2013, 11:00 PM

NSA secretly collecting Verizon phone records

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A top-secret leaked document is revealing the Obama Administration has been accessing phone records for millions of Verizon Wireless customers.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A top-secret leaked document is revealing the Obama Administration has been accessing phone records for millions of Verizon Wireless customers.

The court order was published in a British newspaper and has brought backlash from people and politicians.

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting phone records for millions of Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. The British Guardian newspaper published a top-secret court order revealing that Verizon has been required to provide information on all phone calls made through its systems.

Stefan Bock, Verizon Customer: "I suppose to some extent it's kind of expected that it would happen."

Stefan Bock is a Verizon customer. He says in today's digital age, this is no surprise and believes the government's actions are justified in this case. But it is a delicate balance.

Bock: "People do have a right to their privacy and they should have as much as they want."

Rose Ketring, Fargo: "How much do you really want into your personal life? I mean for example, in Fargo we have cameras up and down Broadway. So, there's no really private place anymore."

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court granted the court order April 25th, just 10 days after the Boston Marathon bombing. It expires July 19th.

The information in the records includes who is calling whom, for how long, and how many times. What it doesn't include is content, like text messages and phone conversations.

Bock says he has nothing to hide, and this information doesn't change his opinion of Verizon.

Bock: "It's not like there's a terrorist phone company or something. They're going to use regular companies."

Verizon, the White House and the National Security Agency have all declined comment.

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