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What The Gov’t Pays Industry To Snoop

By Anne Flaherty

FILE - This March 15, 2013, file photo shows Google bicycles at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly. While Microsoft, Yahoo and Google wonít say how much they charge, the American Civil Liberties Union found that email records can be turned over for as little as $25. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)


WASHINGTON (AP) – How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology.

In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.

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