The security agency is eliminating millions of phone calls and text messages records dating for technical failures.
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) announced that it is eliminating hundreds of millions of phone call records and text messages dating back to 2015.
The agency will be eliminating this call records because some months ago pentest experts discovered technical irregularities in some data received from telecom services providers.
In a statement recently issued by the agency it is appreciated that “according to our values of respect for law, responsibility, integrity and transparency, we make public that on May 23, 2018, all records of phone details acquired under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows intelligence agencies to collect metadata from calls made by people involved in matters considered relevant to security National, have begun to be deleted”.
Pentest specialists claim that the agency decided to destroy the data because it was not feasible to properly identify and isolate data.
As a result, the NSA, jointly with the Justice Department, decided that removing the call logs and messages was the most appropriate thing to do.
The agency has also reported that the root of the problem was discovered after pentest performs on their systems.
This is not the first time this type of incident has occurred, as experts in information security of the International Institute of Cyber Security claim. Journalists and civil organizations have repeatedly demonstrated the breaches of privacy and data protection laws in which the National Security Agency has incurred in recent years.