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Divulging Data

Headlines alleging that three telecom companies voluntarily turned customer call records over to the National Security Agency cast a spotlight on an issue facing growing numbers of corporate counsel: What do you do when the government asks for customer or employee information?

How the phone companies answered that question remains in dispute, with two of the three denying specifics of the story published in USA Today and all three asserting they acted within the law. But there is no question the government is compiling massive databases in its attempt to thwart terrorists--and, in the process, seeking data from companies ranging from airlines to ISPs.

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Mary Swanton

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