Data purchasing by federal law enforcement, other govt. agencies

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on "COVID-19/Unemployment Insurance" on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 8:53 AM PT – Thursday, December 16, 2021

A new report revealed how federal law enforcement agencies and government entities purchase bulk user information from data brokers. The Center for Democracy and Technology released it earlier this month.

The report detailed the amount of data purchasing being conducted regularly by agencies such as the FBI, IRS, DEA and other government entities. The kind of data being collected varies, but includes GPS, internet and social media footprints.

Legislators have voiced their concerns about this practice with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) leading the charge.

“These companies need to be shutdown and Congress needs to step up to prevent the government from using a credit card instead of a warrant,” stated the Democrat lawmaker.

The senator has proposed the ‘Not For Sale Act,’ which would the prevent the purchasing of data without a court-issued warrant.

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