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telecommunications giant gave the NSA access to billions of emails and helped the agency follow a secret court order that permitted the wiretapping of all Internet communication going through the United Nations headquarters. (It turns out that the UN was an AT&T customer, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll change providers since discovering that nothing they said or did was private.)
More than 80 percent of the information that the NSA gets comes through AT&T and other “partners,” including Verizon and other data providers.
AT&T began delivering cellphone records – to the tune of 1.1 billion every day – to the NSA in 2011. These were all domestic records, which means if you called your grandma in Waukesha or your nephew in Detroit, your call information could’ve been sent to the NSA so they could scour the information, make flowcharts and create patterns revolving around your telephone activity.
The government can collect emails to and from foreigners as much as they want to. However, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, they can’t legally collect emails between citizens without a court order. The NSA paid for AT&T to install surveillance equipment at 17 of its Internet hubs, which dwarfs the number of hubs where Verizon has surveillance equipment.
You don’t have anything to hide, and I don’t have anything to hide… but does the NSA really need all that information on us? If I email a friend about something, does the government have the right to snoop into my personal affairs?
What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion on Facebook or Twitter, so let me know whether you believe the NSA should be allowed to access our personal emails and phone data or you think they’re overstepping their bounds in the name of national security. Apparently AT&T was all too happy to help the National Security Agency gather data on American citizens, according to recently leaked documents.
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