NSA’s warrantless data buying

The NSA gets Americans’ location data without any sort of warrant
by buying it from data brokers
.

The NSA kept this secret, and Senator Wyden had to block a
nomination to extract the admission that the NSA does this. I presume
he knew this for a fact, from secret sources he was allowed to see,
but in order to take action to stop the practice he needed something
he could lawfully cite.

The NSA currently says it “minimizes” such collection, which means
doing no more than it finds “necessary” for whatever goal it is
working on. How much is that? We don’t know.

We do know there is danger that a year from now the US will have a
dictator nominally called “president”, a dictator that cooperates with
Putin and whose supporters include state officials who seek to repress
abortion andwomenwho get abortions. What will the NSA andother
government agencies do then, with the location data they can obtain?

Of course, we should do our best to make sure that the wrecker loses
to Biden again, and we should prepare to crush the coup that he
already encourages his followers to mount.

But this should also remind us that it is unacceptable for the systems
we use to keep track of our activities. The most sensitive personal data
is about details:

Where did you go?
What did you do there?
Who did you communicate with (and what was said)?

We must put an end to tracking and collection of people’s sensitive
activity data
except based on specific warrants to authorize such
collection.

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