NSA Paid Tech Giants for Spying

Giant and very profitable technology companies that were involved in unconstitutional surveillance operations were heavily reimbursed by the National Security Agency for doing so.

Companies that might have received money from the program include Google Inc., which reported a free cash flow of $3.09 billion on June 30, 2013 (which means Google made $3.05 billion in the quarter that ended on June 30). Helping to increase that number, the law NSArequires the agency to reimburse companies like Google for expenses incurred from surveillance efforts.

Financing that gives them a strong incentive to violate the privacy of their users. When asked by The Guardian, both Microsoft and Yahoo admitted that they participated in the program. Google declined to comment, but documents uncovered by The Guardian indicate that the Wall Street darling is cooperating in spite of its management’s claims. Continue reading

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