After discovering a database that included information the agency was not authorized to receive, the U.S. National Security Agency disclosed that hundreds of millions of records from telecommunications companies were destroyed, The New York Times reports. In a statement, the NSA noted that analysts discovered “technical irregularities” in some data received. Together with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the NSA decided to delete all call detail records gathered since 2015. An agency spokesman said the problem did not stem from the collection of location records from cellphone towers, which is blocked under the USA Freedom Act. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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