Telecom mergers give US government more opportunities to spy

Telecom mergers give US government more opportunities to spy

As we saw most recently with SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint , foreign companies looking to get into the US telecoms business need to sign away some important decision-making power. The Wall Street Journal reports that beginning with the Verizon Wireless joint venture in 2001, foreign-owned telecom companies have come under the purview of the US intelligence community by way of “security agreements” that give them important access to network operations. And with three out of four national networks now falling under the agreements, that’s a lot of access. Continue reading…

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Telecom mergers give US government more opportunities to spy

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