NSA paid millions to tech companies regarding the PRISM program

The latest from The Guardian is a story indicating that the NSA has paid millions to tech companies in reimbursement for the private companies’ costs of complying with PRISM.

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency’s activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.

The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google,YahooMicrosoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court.

The “millions” of dollars spent raises questions about just how broad this program is.