The New York Times reports the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected data from a variety of companies and used secret subpoenas to do so. Recently disclosed documents show the FBI went beyond collecting data from big tech companies, as it performed data scoops on banks, credit agencies, telecoms and universities. Usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases were among the information collected. The subpoenas did not need a judge's approval, and they have gag orders attached, meaning served companies rarely confirm a collection took place. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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