FBI has immense database on citizens
September 29, 2009
The FBI has a database with more than a half billion items of U.S. citizens and foreigners. This database is growing every day. According to civil rights organizations, the database is an unacceptable invasion of privacy.
Wired has the able to capitalize, through the Freedom of Information Act,
a number of documents that prove this. These documents show that the federal service a remarkable interest in the conduct of citizens. Even though those suspected of no crime. All these data are collected in the National Security Branch Analysis Center. The data set contains more than a half billion items and growing rapidly.
Origin of data
The data come from many different sources, including companies that have voluntarily supplied. However, the FBI data also claim through the Patriot Act,
which the Bush administration has established after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The data cover many different fields, including information about guests, users of rental cars, drivers who can transport hazardous materials and air.
There is much criticism of this system from civil rights groups. They violated the privacy of citizens and the system would not be effective. The fact that the government plan without sufficient democratic control run, is also a criticism.
Although the documents that the FBI database will expand dramatically and is very enthusiastic about, the administration now refuses to give any comment.