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FBI more than doubles warrantless searches of American communications

Just The NewsThe FBI more than doubled the number of warrantless searches it conducted of Americans' communications data from 2020 to 2021, according to a report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The report released on Thursday explains how U.S. intelligence agencies use Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows for surveillance without a warrant of electronic communications data stored by U.S. internet service providers. ODNI pointed out that this year's report is the first to track the FBI's use of "unminimized Section 702 collection," which is raw data that the National Security Agency collects.

The FBI used Section 702 to collect data from nearly 3.4 million Americans in 2021, more than double the over 1.3 million in 2020. Those two years are the only ones for which the report provides statistics.

Over 3 million Americans have had their constitutional rights violated just over the last year, almost all of it likely political abuse, because they could get a warrant for an actual criminal.

Thu May 12 22:28:13 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

US and other governments demanding encryption backdoors

Apple InsiderThe privacy of Internet users "is not absolute," according to a statement from a five-country coalition that includes the United States following a meeting about security, with the overall theme demanding technology companies to make social networks and messaging services safer and to offer more support to government agencies to break encryption and access potentially sensitive data.

The answer should be no. Any backdoor is a designed-in security failure that reduces the protection available to everyone. And the privacy of individual users should be sacrosanct.

Categories Encryption

Mon Sep 10 15:14:23 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]



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