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Meet the NSA's best friend in spying on your Internet traffic

Meet the NSA's best friend in spying on your Internet traffic
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Your personal information has been secretly tapped for the National Security Agency by telecommunications companies for years. In fact, countless billions of emails and other private communications have been scanned and read by the NSA for decades.

You didn't know it, but the government sees wireless communications from you and millions of other people just like you. At least you didn't know it, until it came to light a few years ago when exiled whistle blower Edward Snowden blew the whistle.

It seems ever since then the size and scope of the invasion of person property keeps getting bigger, and worse. Now, it turns out that one wireless company, in particular, has been the NSA's most-used partner, by far.

Between 2003 and 2013, AT&T shared billions of its wireless customers' emails with the NSA. That's twice as many as any other cellphone provider, like Verizon, according to the New York Times and ProPublica. An NSA official described the NSA's relationship with AT&T as a "partnership, not a contractual relationship."

Those AT&T customers include people like you, companies and government organizations like the United Nations. This warrantless wiretapping began in full force by the government after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2011. They continued for years after, and possibly to this day.

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Source: ProPublica
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