NSA Paid Millions To Tech Companies to Cover ‘Prism’ Compliance Costs [Photo]
Documents passed on to media outlet the Guardian by NSA leaker Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency used taxpayers’ money to pay millions of dollars to several technological companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook involved in the Prism surveillance program. These costs were incurred to meet new certification demands as a result of a ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. The leak provides the first such evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA. The intelligence agency requires the Fisa court to sign annual “certifications” allowing legality for the surveillance operations but the certification were only being renewed on a temporary basis and those that had been ruled illegal continued to operate while working on a solution to fit Fisa’s certification criteria.