American Telephone and Telegraph has shown an “extreme willingness” to help out with the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, according to some recently leaked documents. Telecommunications companies in America have for most part went a long with the United States surveillance efforts constittional or not for decades. However, American Telephone and Telegraph has been eager to assist the National Security Agency.
This was first company to actively forward Internet metadata, for example email participants to the National Security Agency, beginning in two thousand three. In two thousand eleven they began forwarding voice call metadata. American Telephone and Telegraph has now been outed as the company that was sniffing all the Interne traffic at the United Nations New York City, New York headquarters.
Other carriers, like Sprint and Verizon have been involved assisting the National Security Agency. However, documents show that American Telephone and Telegraph headed majority of this activity of intelligence gathering. This telecommunications company claims that they don’t supply information to American authorities:
“without a court order or other mandatory process,”
Also, American Telephone and Telegraph claims they only make some exceptions when a:
“person’s life is in danger and time is of the essence,”
This company seems to risk turning over their customer’s private information for security purposes. American Telephone and Telegraph have been willing partners with a Fairview spy program dating back to nineteen eighties. As a matter of fact, in two thousand thirteen, some of their engineers were first ones to test out new surveillance technology for the National Security Agency.
That same year this company deployed surveillance equipment on at least seventeen of their Internet hubs. Back in two thousand eleven American Telephone and Telegraph started releasing over one billion cellphone calling records, made domestically by Americans, to the National Spy Agency, I mean National Security Agency.