NSA admits spying on Americans is not only unethical, but also illegal

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US Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., revealed on Thursday that the National Security AgencyThe National Security Agency (NSA) has acknowledged buying records from Data brokersThis list includes the websites and applications that Americans use.

Wyden believes that there is a chance that the intelligence community may be assisting data brokers to disobey a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling that mandates “clear and conspicuous” disclosures to Americans and their informed consent before theirData is soldOther 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 dataWithout user consent, and even after users have revoked their consent.

The FTC refused to comment on whether or not the directive also applies to data purchases made by intelligence agencies. 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 that they only collect mission-critical data

Senator Wyden was told by NSA representatives about the intelligence service’s involvement in buying Internet MetadataThe data collected includes both American citizens and their data. 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, rather than continue to be a customer in this dubious business.

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Deanna Ritchie

Managing Editor at ReadWrite

Deanna is ReadWrite’s Managing Editor. She has worked as Editor in Chief at Startup Grind for over 20 years and has extensive experience in content development and management.

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