How telcos ‘collude’ with the NSA and GCHQ

Google and Yahoo were quick to condemn the NSA for spying on their customers, but telecom firms remained conspicuously silent – and for good reason. Privacy International has filed a complaint against them with the OECD.Google and Yahoo weren’t slow to express their fury last week when it emerged that the National Security Agency had been tapping their customers’ data from inside their own cloud networks.But the companies perhaps more directly affected have been conspicuously silent. Telecommunications firms like US-based Level 3 or Britain’s BT, which provide Internet giants with their fiber-optic cable networks and customers with their phone and Internet access, are yet to offer any condemnation of the surveillance that has been carried out via their hardware.

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