Report: Intelligence Agencies Buying ‘Sensitive and Intimate’ Data of American Citizens

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A recently-declassified report alleges that multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have been actively “flouting the law” by gathering massive collections of “sensitive and intimate” data on American citizens.

According to the New York Post, the claims were made in a report to Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines, which was only recently declassified and is now being amplified by watchdog groups and privacy advocates. The report details a loophole that has allowed intelligence agencies, including the FBI, DHS, and NSA, to simply buy large troves of cell phone data for tracking purposes without needing a warrant.

If the information was paid for, the report notes, then it is technically considered “publicly available.” The government only needs to ask for a warrant if they are asking to access a cell phone’s location, and thus would raise Fourth Amendment concerns necessitating a judge’s approval.

“This report reveals what …

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