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The FBI's Use of Data Brokers

Although the federal government and local law enforcement agencies nationwide use private data brokers, the FBI said that practices used by these companies to gather private phone records without warrants or subpoenas is illegal, according to an Associated Press article on

A senior FBI lawyer, Elaine N. Lammert, told lawmakers the bureau was still surveying agents around the United States, but so far has found no “systemic” use of data brokers by the FBI.

That’s from the CSO Blog, “Data Brokers May Act Illegally.” In other news, “ChoicePoint-FBI Deal Raises New Privacy Questions.”

So what are we paying for?