AT&T Is “Highly Collaborative” Partner in NSA Spying

Posted by at 3:50 am on August 17, 2015

AT&T LogoAT&T is being called a “highly collaborative” partner of the NSA, and showed the government agency an “extreme willingness to help” spy on Americans, suggests a new report published by the New York Times.

The Times based its report on documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who first revealed the government’s mass-scale spying efforts two years ago. AT&T has allowed the government to snoop on its customers for well more than a decade. It has been handing the government customer emails and call records since 2001 or 2002.

In 2011, AT&T stepped up and began handing the NSA more than 1.1 billion cell phone call records per day. The NSA documents do not call AT&T by name, but descriptions of the company, its size, facilities, and customers more or less confirm its identity.

“We don’t comment on matters of national security,” said an AT&T spokesperson in response to the report.

In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection. However, there was a provision in the act that allowed the program to be extended for a period of six months to give the government time to transition to another method of spying.

The NSA resumed collecting call records July 1.

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