Feds collecting hoards of personal Internet data | Washington Examiner

The FBI has been collecting information about U.S. residents such as friends, political activities and online shopping for more than a decade, the former owner of an Internet company revealed.The agency has been collecting the personal Internet data through so-called National Security Letters.For more than a decade, the FBI has been demanding extremely sensitive personal information about private citizens just by issuing letters to online companies like mine, said Nicholas Merrill, who owned the New York-based Calyx Internet Access.The FBI has interpreted its NSL authority to encompass the websites we read, the web searches we conduct, the people we contact, and the places we go. This kind of data reveals the most intimate details of our lives, including our political activities, religious affiliations, private relationships, and even our private thoughts and beliefs, Merrill said.

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