Microsoft charges the government up to $15,600 for your personal info

The Syrian Electronic Army has leaked data that details just how much Microsoft charges the US government when handing over your personal information.

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We all know by now that the FBI, CIA and NSA request information on us from big tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, but did you know that Microsoft sends a massive invoice every time it gives away your private information? A newly released document shows that at least in one incident, Microsoft billed the government as much as $15,600 for information that was requested.

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The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group has just leaked details that show Microsoft billing the US government more than $350,000 on September 5th of 2013. The invoice appears to show that more than 78 invoices for request were sent to the government, with the highest being shown set at a whopping $15,600.00.

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The government agency in question is the FBI's Digital Intercept Technology Unit. The leaked documents show that Microsoft was billing the FBI more than $100,000 per month on average between 2012 and 2013, and that each individual request cost the FBI $100 during 2012 and into 2013 until Microsoft raised the price to $200 per request.


A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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