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CIA reportedly pays AT&T $10 million a year to access calling records [updated]

on November 8, 2013

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Maybe Google, Microsoft and Apple would be less upset about how the National Security Agency’s data surveillance tactics are hurting their reputations if the government compensated them with regular payouts. The New York Times reports that the Central Intelligence Agency is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year for access to “the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls.” AT&T’s huge trove of call records goes beyond its own customers and also includes phone calls made through the carrier’s network equipment.

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