Now we know the price American telecom companies put on their users’ privacy. The Washington Post has revealed that the National Security Agency is paying telecom companies hundreds of millions of dollars every year for access to their networks, which it uses for “filtering vast traffic flows for foreign targets in a process that also sweeps in large volumes of American telephone calls, e-mails and instant messages.” The telecom companies get paid through the NSA’s Corporate Partner Access Project that ensures access to “high volume circuit and packet-switched networks” in exchange for cash.

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