DHS Under Investigation After Allegedly Tracking Phone Data Without a Warrant

DHS Under Investigation After Allegedly Tracking Phone Data Without a Warrant

(RepublicanDaily.org) – In 2020, our privacy is under threat like never before. Many prominent commentators have voiced concerns about the ways in which tech companies like Google and Facebook can manipulate our data for profit.

However, we don’t always hear as much about the government’s use (or misuse) of our personal information. On Wednesday, November 25, the internal watchdog of the Department of Homeland Security wrote to five US senators to confirm its intention to investigate the DHS for misuse of commercial data. This was in response to a written request from the senators in October of this year.

The DHS’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate claims that department officials paid a government contractor to access the personal data of citizens without a court order.

This news is likely to reinforce the growing skepticism in some quarters around big government’s surveillance of American citizens. The Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect citizens from unwanted search and seizure. DHS should never be allowed to freely violate the Constitution and if that’s what happened here, shouldn’t someone answer for that?

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