Surprising Things the U.S. Government Knows About You

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Thanks to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, government entities such as the National Security Agency don’t need a warrant to monitor communications of people in the U.S. and beyond.

Emails of Americans who are not targeted for surveillance can be gathered as byproducts of other investigations, a privacy violation at best.

While the stated goal is keeping an eye on communications relevant to U.S. foreign affairs to protect national security, a loophole permits monitoring of virtually anyone outside the country, including journalists, political and human rights activists, lawyers, scientists, students and business people.

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