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The U.S. is Openly Stockpiling Dirt on All Its Citizens

A new report reveals the federal government is buying troves of U.S. data

The United States government has been secretly amassing a "large amount" of "sensitive and intimate information" on its own citizens, a group of senior advisers informed Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, more than a year ago.

The size and scope of the government effort to accumulate data revealing the minute details of Americans' lives are described soberly and at length by the director's own panel of experts in a newly declassified report. Haines had first tasked her advisers in late 2021 with untangling a web of secretive business arrangements between commercial data brokers and U.S. intelligence community members.

What that report ended up saying constitutes a nightmare scenario for privacy defenders.

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