The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T Inc., accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and impinging on its customers privacy by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) to wiretap and data-mine communications.
AT&T refused to comment on the lawsuit.
The document makes a number of allegations against AT&T, including that the carrier has allowed the NSA and other government agencies direct access to its facilities and databases; that it has given the government unfettered access to caller information; and that the carrier continues helping the government in its efforts to spy on millions of Americans.
The EFF said it is suing to stop the alleged, illegal conduct.
News reports in recent weeks have uncovered the fact that the government has instituted secret surveillance programs since 2001 and, according to the EFF, has been able to spy on Americans with the help of companies such as AT&T.