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How much US government spends to snoop on you

How much are your private conversations worth to the US 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 US tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance feesged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.
AT&T, for example, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and US Cellularge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Congressman Edward Markey.
Meanwhile, email recordsthose amassed by the National Security Agency through a program revealed by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden probably were collected for free or very cheaply. Facebook says it doesn'tge the government for access. And while Microsoft, Yahoo and Google won't say how much theyge, the American Civil Liberties found that email records can be turned over for as little as $25.


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