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October 9, 2019 01:06 am

FBI violated Americans privacy by abusing access to NSA surveillance data, court rules

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation made tens of thousands of unauthorized searches related to US citizens between 2017 and 2018, a court ruled. The agency violated both the law that authorized the surveillance program they used and the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.

The ruling was made in October 2018 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), a secret government court responsible for reviewing and authorizing searches of foreign individuals inside and outside the US. It was just made public today.

The program itself, called Section 702 and part of the broad and aggressive expansion of US spy programs in the years after 9/11, granted...

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