Last year, we were informed that the National Security Agency in the United States had access to massive amounts of personal information. The NSA were able to view a person's search engine history, phone records and activity that occurred on social networking websites.
NSA staffers were previously told that they were allowed to obtain phone records because they agreed to destroy these files after a five-year period. However, the Department of Justice filed a request in February to extend the proposed time period.
The NSA's collection of phone records, call times and the contents of thousands, if not millions of phone calls are scheduled to expire on March 28, 2014 at 5 p.m., according the report filed by the DOJ.
"[S]uch destruction would be inconsistent with the Government's preservation obligations in connection with civil litigation pending against it," the filing reads.
In the midst of all this, the NSA has seen many lawsuits from organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation for allegedly violating constitutional rights to millions of Americans. ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer told the National Journal that the NSA "should delete the whole database" altogether.
American businesses should not have to worry about the NSA's overarching surveillance. Many are looking north to Canadian based providers offering facilities-based SMS API services. Going with this approach demonstrates a reasonable measure of confidence and business integrity rather than moving off-shore as an alternative. Swift SMS Gateway is located just outside of Toronto and specializes in connecting applications, advertising and alerts to SMS.