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FBI Admits to Buying Location Data on Americans Without Obtaining Warrants -

• by B.N. Frank

Collecting data on people of all ages and often without their full knowledge and/or consent has become commonly referred to as "Surveillance Capitalism".  Businesses have been doing it for many years and often selling and/or sharing this data with whoever wants it.  Since an increasing number of American municipalities have officially become "smart cities" and/or are installing data collecting technologies in them, including utility "smart" meters (electric, gas, and water), 5G, etc., companies as well as government agencies will have more opportunities to collect, analyze, share, and/or sell data on Americans including to the FBI which has purchased it before.  Creeped out yet?

From ArsTechnica:

FBI finally admits to buying location data on Americans, horrifying experts

FBI director denied that the agency currently purchases location data.

Ashley Belanger

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed for the first time that the agency has in the past purchased the location data of US citizens without obtaining a warrant, Wired reported.