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Project Hemisphere: AT&T’s Secret Program to Spy on Americans for Profit

HeadlineOct 26, 2016

New details have emerged about how AT&T has been spying on Americans for profit. The Daily Beast is reporting AT&T is keeping private call records and selling the information to authorities investigating everything from the war on drugs to Medicaid fraud. The secret plan is called Project Hemisphere. AT&T reportedly has been retaining every call, text message, Skype chat or other communication that has passed through its infrastructure. Some of the records date back to 1987. Sheriff and police departments each pay upward of $1 million a year for access to the call records. No warrants are needed. The report comes as AT&T is seeking government approval for its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

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