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Cellphone company coughs up millions in spy scandal

Cellphone company coughs up millions in spy scandal
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You know the government has been gathering your digital information, including phone data, for awhile now. The NSA, for example, has been digging around, legally and otherwise, looking at phone calls and emails, trying to track down terrorists.

Sometimes, the government enlists the help of phone carriers in an attempt to gather information through such methods as court-ordered wiretaps. One of those carriers has been in hot water for its work.

Sprint was sued by the federal government for overcharging the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies for its wiretapping expenses. From 2007 to 2010, Sprint allegedly filed false claims totaling $21 million.

The whole issue is over now, with Sprint agreeing to pay $15.5 million to settle the lawsuit. Even though it paid out, Sprint is denying doing anything illegal.

The government isn't the only one out to take your information. If you leave your phone out on a table at a coffee shop, you're just inviting a stranger to swipe it. Make sure your phone is secure by taking these seven essential steps.

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