AT&T is spying on Americans for profit2016-10-26 12:12 by Daniela
According to a report by The Daily Beast, AT&T is spying on Americans for profit and helped law enforcement agencies in their investigations at taxpayers' expense.
Project Hemisphere was first uncovered by the New York Times in 2013. At the time, it was described as a partnership between AT&T and the U.S. government solely for investigating drug trafficking.
However, it now turned out that Hemisphere is an AT&T product that has costed taxpayers millions of dollars. It is a database of calls and call-records on all its customers, tracking their location, movements, and interactions. The project allowed state and local agencies to conduct warrantless searches in this database.Here's how AT&T commented on the case:
"Like other communications companies, if a government agency seeks customer call records through a subpoena, court order or other mandatory legal process, we are required by law to provide this non-content information, such as the phone numbers and the date and time of calls."
This is not the first time AT&T spies illegally. In the past the company has been the NSA's favorite mass surveillance contractor.
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