America’s surveillance state. Part 4 - The Surveillance industrial complex

Reuters / Jason Reed

In this program we examine a broader Surveillance Industrial Complex made up of government agencies and private corporations and their contractors. We show how private industry plays a key role in enabling the NSA’s work, and profits in the process. We focus on the role played by technology and telecom companies that are often paid to collaborate with government agencies when being ordered to turn over data and records without informing the public or their own customers. This has led to criticism of the companies and by the companies that has enhanced controversies about the proper role of corporations that also have a loyalty to the people who sign privacy agreements with their use

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