The Microsoft documents make clear just how often law enforcement officials acquire information that individuals would likely consider private. FBI agents seem to have filed successful requests for information from Microsoft hundreds of times each month.
“There’s nothing unusual here,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “Under US law, companies can seek reimbursement for costs associated with complying with valid legal orders for customer data.”
So how much taxpayer money is dedicated to surveillance? These numbers are only Microsoft – whereas the taxpayer cost for companies like Verizon, Google, and others are almost certainly in the millions as well.
The ongoing debate over security versus privacy has been making headlines since Edward Snowden leaked classified intelligence files obtained from the NSA. Yet the NSA are not the only one, the FBI's Digital Intercept Technology Unit is also spying on you.
Similar relationships have turned sour, as US Department of Justice lawyers have filed suit against Sprint. The government's attorneys claim the corporation had “knowingly” submitting “false claims to federal law enforcement agencies.” It seems that being economical with the truth is only allowed by politicians, bureaucrats, and government departments...
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