WASHINGTON - The White House is responding to reports that the government is collecting millions of Verizon customer phone records under the Patriot Act.

The National Security Agency has been secretly looking at Verizon phone records since April, according to the Guardian.

White House officials say the information does not include the content of any communication or name of any subscriber.

It does include information like the length of the call and phone numbers.

Officials say the information is necessary to protect against terrorism.