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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 03:15 PM


"How Much Microsoft Charges the FBI for User Data" - Gizmodo

It's no mystery that government agencies compel tech companies to give them (totally legal) access to user data. It's also pretty well known that the tech companies charge the government for the trouble. We've just never really known how much—until now.

Long story short, Microsoft charges the FBI (read: taxpayers) hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for access to information about you. And their rates are on the rise. The Syrian Electronic Army says it hacked into the FBI's super-secret Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), where they found the actual invoices from Microsoft detailing how much each request for data cost.

An invoice from December 2012 totals $145,100 which boils down to $100 per request. The rate had doubled by August 2013 when Microsoft charged the FBI $200 per request for a total of $352,200. The most recent invoice from November 2013 is $281,000. Remember: all of those six-figure sums (provided by taxpayers) are for one month's worth of user data requests. That adds up to millions of dollars a year.


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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 03:38 PM

1. ATTN: global criminal compliance

Thank you for your business.

GLOBAL FOUNDATION SERVICES. AKA Big Brothers little helpers.

Between the spies, hipsters, 1%ers and baggers, this country is seriously phucked!

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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 03:40 PM

2. Seriously.

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