Although this began shortly after 2001 when Bush signed it into law, little was known about whether it was used during the current administration. 12 years on, a court order obtained by The Guardian newspaper group has uncovered Verizon's cooperation in substantian domestic surveillance of US citizens.
The whole of the court order appears here
It isn't clear whether this is a one off, or whether it has been on-going since 2001.The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
In 2006, it was first revealed that AT&T, BellSouth, and Verizon - three of the biggest telephone providers in the US had been co-opted into spying on its customers. Information gathered include the duration of a call, the origin and destination numbers, and potentially any other meta-data that does not include the recording of the voice conversation, or the contents of digital information that ought to be privy only to the subscriber - emails, txts. It is likely, although it doesn't say in the article, that if you surf the web on your device, IP addresses are part of this meta-data too.
You've given up your privacy folks.