Sep 302022

Everyone’s got a hunger for data. Constitutional rights sometimes prevent those with a hunger from serving themselves. But when they’ve got third parties on top of third parties, all Fourth Amendment bets are off. Data brokers are getting rich selling government agencies the data they want at low, low prices, repackaging information gathered from other third parties into tasty packages that give US government agencies the data they want with the plausible deniability they need.
Relying on the third-party doctrine that mostly ignores the Fourth Amendment and the public claims of data brokers that the massive amount of data being hawked to willing buyers cannot, in and of itself, positively ID anyone, federal agencies are amassing haystacks…

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