Your Email Provider Might Be A Narc

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  1. boedicca

    boedicca Uppity Water Nymph Supporting Member

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    Google charges the feds $25 to Narc on you.
    Yahoo charges $29; Microsoft does it for free.

    And Comcast charges $1,000.


    Google receives "tens of thousands" of requests each year from the government to turn over user data, and it complies with any it deems legitimate. But the information comes at a cost: 25 bucks per head.

    According to documents obtained by privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian under the Freedom of Information Act, Google charges the Feds $25 per account for surveillance services. (No word on if Google displays targeted ads alongside the data it turns over.) Yahoo charges $29, while Microsoft lets government spooks spy on their users for free. Most domestic wiretapping requests come from the DEA, so it's best not to do your drug-dealing via Gmail.

    This is a bargain compared to other types of communications spying. According to Wired, cable provider Comcast charges $1,000 for a month of wiretapping. Still, it's all a lot cheaper than parking a van outside your house....

    Google Will Rat You Out to the Feds for $25

    Yet another reason to do all important communication offline.

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