No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data

This review by Theodoric Meyer and Peter Maass at ProPublica by is a must read for any American who wants to know which of their digital breadcrumbs are being picked up by the police and other government agencies:

The government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena that doesn’t require showing probable cause of a crime. And recent revelations about classified National Security Agency surveillance programs show that the government is regularly sweeping up data on Americans’ telephone calls and has the capability to access emails, files, online chats and other data — all under secret oversight by a special federal court.

The breadth of and justification for the surveillance are the subjects of ongoing debate in Washington. President Obama and others have defended the programs as necessary to identify terrorists and stop attacks before they happen, but privacy advocates and several U.S. lawmakers have questioned them.

Here’s a look at what the government can get from you and the legal framework behind its power…

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2 Comments on "No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jan 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm |

    damned China
    one day the people will rise up against oppressive totalitarianism
    waaaaa, this happens in the land of the free? !
    well They must have a good reason to violate my civil rights

    • If you’re not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about
      Damn Manning and Snowden for revealing our government’s good intentions

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