Sunday, June 16, 2013

US companies handing over personal data to NSA


A new report has revealed that thousands of U.S. companies have been handing over personal information of American citizens to the National Security Agency.

Bloomberg reported on Saturday that four people familiar with the process said “technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence.”

The shocking report came after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that the agency is collecting millions of Americans’ phone records and the computer communications of foreigners from Google and other Internet companies.

The new revelation shows that Internet and phone companies are not the only firms giving information to the government.

According to the Bloomberg report, “makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies and many other companies” are handing over personal data to federal agencies.-[Full Article]