How Spending Stories Fact Checks Big Brother, the Wiretappers’ Ball

**This piece was co-written with Eric King of [Privacy International]( and comes as Privacy International launches a huge new data release about companies selling surveillance technologies. It is cross-posted on the [MediaShift PBS IDEA LAB]( and the [OpenSpending blog](** Today, the global surveillance industry is estimated at around $5 billion a year. But which companies […]