Data mining, secret government projects and unauthorized surveillance. All of these are things people worry about with the government on a daily basis. Everyone has noticed that when they are saying things close to their phone, that personalized ads will begin to show. This is a feature called data mining that companies use in order to personalize your internet experience. The down side to this, is that there are now multiple ways for “Big Brother” to listen in if they chose to. This is a report on exactly that. Between 2017 and 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over-reached their bounds and violated laws and the Constitution for the goal of surveillance.

 

Big Brother is Listening

 

In October of 2018, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) made a ruling that said the FBI abused their capabilities under Section 702. Following 9/11, this was implemented in order to prevent any tragedy of the same magnitude from happening again. However, the main issue is that this is only to be used in the search of evidence for a crime. Meaning there must be an existing investigation being held that would give the officials rights to pursue information and activate Section 702 policies.

 

Crossing the Proverbial Line

 

Of course, the exchange to this is not to disallow the ability to protect our nation from foreign attacks. The key is that this is a database that is mainly for the National Security Agency (NSA). The FBI overstepped their bounds and used the database to investigate American sources and even lookup information about themselves. They didn’t stop there as the database seemed interesting enough to these officials to further investigation into family and friends. This is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and is a serious offence. The FBI must now take further precautions in order to stop the abuse of surveillance. This report was released this week and you check out the rest of the information here.

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