Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time

Posted on December 3, 2010

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Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.

The document, obtained by security researcher Christopher Soghoian, explains how so-called “Hotwatch” orders allow for real-time tracking of individuals in a criminal investigation via credit card companies, rental car agencies, calling cards, and even grocery store loyalty programs. The revelation sheds a little more light on the Justice Department’s increasing power and willingness to surveil Americans with little to no judicial or Congressional oversight.

via Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time | Threat Level | Wired.com.

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