The FBI is stalking you…even though the DHS told them not to.

Newly declassified information has revealed some concerning activity on the part of the FBI:

A fast-growing FBI data-mining system billed as a tool for hunting terrorists is being used in hacker and domestic criminal investigations, and now contains tens of thousands of records from private corporate databases, including car-rental companies, large hotel chains and at least one national department store…

In other words, the FBI is keeping track of a lot of information about private citizens and obtaining it without warrants.   Moreover, the Bureau wants to quadruple the staff of the tracking program to allow them to better keep an eye on all the terrorists this is supposedly going to catch.

The best part of this story is that even the Department of Homeland Security has said (albeit about a different specific program, but it’s basically the same thing) data mining for terrorists is an ineffective plan which could lead to violations of privacy — yes, that DHS, the one which runs the TSA, or airport security.  And if those guys are concerned about privacy violation, this data mining stuff must be bad…I thought that’s what the Fourth Amendment was supposed to be for?

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