Secret Deep State Demands: The FBI Wants Consumers’ Credit Data

by | Dec 16, 2019 | Headline News | 7 comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has secretly demanded access to a whole bunch of consumer credit information and data. Recently revealed documents prove that the FBI wants access to troves of financial information from the nation’s largest credit agencies.

According to a report by Tech Crunch, this is a regular thing for the FBI.  The government agency regularly uses these legal powers (known as national security letters) to compel credit giants to turn over non-content information, such as records of purchases and locations, that the agency deems necessary in national security investigations. But these letters have no judicial oversight and are typically filed with a gag order, preventing the recipient from disclosing the demand to anyone else; including the target of the letter.

Since the law changed (lawmakers changed it to protect themselves and the government at large) in 2015 in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures that revealed the scope of the U.S. government’s surveillance operations, recipients have been allowed to petition the FBI to be cut loose from the gag provisions and publish the letters with redactions. Only a few tech companies, including FacebookGoogle, and Microsoft, have disclosed that they have ever received one or more national security letters.

While tech companies have often reported to their users when government agencies have demanded their information, credit companies have not. Most of these major data collectors have failed to publish their figures altogether.

Three lawmakers — Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, and Republican senator Rand Paul — have sent letters to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, expressing their “alarm” as to why the credit giants have failed to disclose the number of government demands for consumer data they receive.

“Because your company holds so much potentially sensitive data on so many Americans and collects this information without obtaining consent from these individuals, you have a responsibility to be transparent about how you handle that data,” the letters said. “Unfortunately, your company has not provided information to policymakers or the public about the type or the number of disclosures that you have made to the FBI.” –Tech Crunch

It still isn’t known just how many demands credit agencies have gotten of the 500 million the FBI has made since they were given the power to access our data in 2001. The New York Times reported that the national security letters to credit agencies were a “small but telling fraction” of the overall half-million FBI-issued demands made to date.

Other banks and financial institutions, as well as universities, cell service, and internet providers, were also the targets of national security letters, the documents revealed.

The senators have given the agencies until December 27 to disclose the number of demands each has received.

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    7 Comments

    1. The Deplorable Braveheart

      F#$% the FBI. They can’t have anything I own.

    2. cranerigger

      Sure, the CITIZENS can hardly wait to give more information to the Fed. govt. GTFOOH !!!

      On a related note, the President was denied “DUE PROCESS UNDER LAW” in the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Fifth Amendment guarantees “due process.” Examples of denial are 1) the right to present witnesses in your defense, 2) the right to legal representation in the process, 3) the concept that the process must be FAIR, 4) the idea that the accused should have the right to question the accuser.

      For Heavens Sake, I’m a crane guy. Did any of the Demonrats understand the Constitution & the Bill of Rights. Chuck Schumer, expect the same treatment your Demonrats gave to the Republicans in the “House.”

      • Anonymous

        Reason being it wasn’t a trial in the House. It was an investigation. It was similar to a grand jury where the prosecution is the only one that presents evidence. Due process does not enter until the trial in the Senate. If he chooses to, he will then be able to face his accusers.

        But he won’t. He will be talked out of it by McConnell and Graham. Too many people will fall if the truth comes out. On both sides. Too many have had their hand in the Ukraine cookie jar…from both sides of the aisle. If you recall, McCain and Graham both were involved in turning over the Steele Dossier. The corrupt will cover for the corrupt, else they all go down.

        You’ll probably have to wait for the 100,000 indictments to be unsealed to see anybody of note get in trouble.

        Bwahahahaha…

        • cranerigger

          Anonymous, the Constitution & Bill of Rights are the supreme law of the land. “Due process” rights are not suspended for an inquiry. The delusional Demonrats believe they can find loopholes that allow them to scoot around INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.

          If that’s the case, let’s send a bunch of Demonrats to the GULAG and we’ll just call it an INQUIRY.

    3. wayne

      THE GRAND JURY, IS the second vote in this three vote rule,(we are not a democracy)THE GRAND JURY is THE MECHANISM ALLOWING THE CITIZEN TO INDICT POLITICIANS & GOV. EMPLOYEES WHO FAIL TO FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION OR COMMIT OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE, & ALSO FOR OTHER CRIMES BY CITIZENS.. THERE IS A GRAND JURY IN EVERY COUNTY. Lets test the power of this Republic & REFERENCING, THE PREAMBLE TO THE U.S. CONT. A PROPER ORDER WE CAN & WILL TRUMP, THERE ORDER OUT OF CHAOS.IMAGINE PROPER STATUTES & EVIDENCE BEING DROPPED OFF AT ANY OR ALL COUNTY GRAND JURYs. LETS TEST THE POWER OF THIS REPUBLIC. LETS RUN AN EXERCISE,.bring any & all evidence to a grand jury. No more special councels. they blew it. WE THE PEOPLES TURN.

    4. George

      It really matters not what course is taken. We are assured that despite overwhelming evidence proving fraud, corruption, and treason, not a soul will ever face prosecution or ever enter into a public courtroom.
      There is enough evidence and proof that 99% of Congress and the entire Departmental Agencies, along with the Office of the President and his Administration, have all failed and violated their oaths of office, and belong in prison if not hanged.

      But….we know also that you can try all you want to operate as a country, but in reality we are a Corporation.
      A Country is operated under the context of LAWS.
      A Corporation is operated under the context of Statutes and Codes.

    5. Anonymous

      🇺🇸⭐️⭐️🇺🇸 UHH no way Hosea. Eat Schiff.
      “Stop Stepping On My Second Amendment ”
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