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AT&T Sued For NSA Collaboration

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class action lawsuit today against AT&T accusing the telecom company of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its efforts to wiretap and data-mine our communications in the name of national security.

The New York Times reported in December that President Bush authorized the NSA to intercept telephone and Internet communications inside the U.S. without a court order. It's now clear that the NSA has been intercepting and analyzing millions of communications from unsuspecting Americans with the help of the country's largest phone and Internet companies.

EFF alleges in its lawsuit that in addition to giving the NSA access to phone and Internet traffic passing over its network, AT&T has given the government access to its 300 terabyte "Daytona" database. These actions violate the privacy rights of AT&T customers and privacy laws, say EFF attorneys who are seeking an injunction to stop AT&T participation in the NSA spying program and billions of dollars in damages for violation of federal privacy laws.

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