From a CNet story dealing with the fallout from recent revelations involving the NSA and phone records. Without further comment. Emphasis mine.
A CNET News.com survey published in February asked telecommunications carriers whether they ‘turned over information or opened up their networks to the NSA without being compelled by law.’ Neither Verizon nor AT&T would answer yes or no to that question.
But BellSouth did answer in the negative at the time. A BellSouth representative on Thursday said he could not explain the discrepancy, and provided News.com with a statement saying: ‘BellSouth does not provide any confidential customer information to the NSA or any governmental agency without proper legal authority.’ The statement did not elaborate on what ‘proper legal authority’ might be, and whether it would encompass a mere request from the White House.