The company charged more than a million dollars in some cases for access to a database of phone records stretching back to 2008.
Typically, for law enforcement agencies to obtain your phone records, they would need to first obtain a warrant from a judge. Warrants can be difficult to obtain and must be specifically focused in order to protect your constitutional right to privacy. However, for the past several years AT&T has been making it much easier for police to get your phone records. For a price, of course.
The Daily Beast has obtained documents which show that AT&T stores customer data as far back as 2008, and charges from $100,000 to over $1 million a year for law enforcement agencies to access this data. This program, called Project Hemisphere, gives law enforcement access to your phone records without a warrant, at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars.