The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T Tuesday, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.
Why this is significant: AT&T not only gave the NSA access to phone and Internet communications, the suit alleges, but it also gave the government access to its massive database of caller information.
"AT&T's customers reasonably expect that their communications are private and have long trusted AT&T to follow the law and protect that privacy. Unfortunately, AT&T has betrayed that trust," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien.
It seems unclear what, exactly, is contained in this caller information released to the NSA, but I would have to imagine that privacy-rights advocates are going ballistic over this.