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On Thursday, US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon (D) revealed that the National Security AgencyThe National Security Administration (NSA), has acknowledged records of purchases from Data brokersThis list includes the websites and applications that Americans use.
Wyden claims that it is possible that the intelligence agencies are assisting data brokers who are disobeying laws. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling that mandates “clear and conspicuous” disclosures to Americans and their informed consent before theirData is soldTo other parties. Since he began looking into data brokers seven years ago, Wyden claimed not to have been “aware of any company that provides such a warning to users before collecting their data.” The FTC’s order came after settling with a data broker, X-Mode, who admitted to Selling sensitive location dataData can be sold without the consent of the user and even after they have revoked it.
The FTC declined comment on whether the directive covers data purchases by intelligence services. The FTC directive appears to define “location data” in a way that leaves room for any information gathered outside of the US and utilized for “security purposes” or “national security purposes carried out by federal agencies or other federal entities.”
NSA claims to only collect mission-critical information
Senator Wyden was told by NSA representatives about the intelligence service’s involvement in buying Internet MetadataData on Americans in the US, as well as data belonging to Americans. However, General Paul Nakasone told Wyden that they “only acquire the most useful data relevant to mission requirements.”
Wyden wants intelligence communities to work together Inventory the data they purportedly unlawfully collected on Americans without a warrant, then “promptly” erase it to address the issue. According to Wyden, this procedure has “in effect” permitted the FBI and the NSA to use “their credit card to circumvent the Fourth Amendment.”
The dubious practice of selling data without Americans’ informed consent is something Wyden refers to as “industry-wide” and feels it should be regulated, even though the FTC has previously taken action against a few data brokers. According to Wyden, intelligence agencies ought to cease sponsoring businesses that are reportedly engaged in “intrusive” and “unchecked” surveillanceAmericans than to continue to be clients in this dubious sector.
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