[Rushtalk] Is There No End To This Chicanery?!?
John A. Quayle
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Thu Jun 27 19:14:40 MDT 2013
Now Obama watching Americans' credit cards
Administration found with plans to grab 'non-public, confidential information'
Published: 1 hour ago
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No warrants and no probable cause have been no
problem for the Obama administration in its work
to collect detailed financial information on
millions of Americans, according to a new report.
Wait, you say, wasnt the Obama administration
already collecting details about phone calls?
Yup. And the content of prayers of Christian
groups? Affirmative. And how about the phone records of reporters? Yes, again.
But none of that has slowed the administrations
strategy to collect without warrants detailed
data about how Americans spend their money, use
their credit and pay their bills.
The documents confirming the effort were released
today by <http://www.judicialwatch.org>Judicial
Watch, the Washington watchdog organization that
tracks down, investigates and presses for prosecution of federal crimes.
The Obama administrations warrantless
collection of the private financial information
of millions of Americans is mind-blowing. Is
there anything that this administration thinks it
cant do? said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
These documents show that the Consumer Financial
Protection Board is an out-of-control government
agency that threatens the fundamental privacy and
financial security of Americans. This is every
bit as serious as the controversy over the NSAs activities.
It was the National Security Agency that was
revealed to have been collecting data without
warrants on the phone calls of millions of Americans.
Judicial Watch said it acquired through a Freedom
of Information Act procedure
revealing some of the governments recent work.
The report said the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau has spent millions of dollars for the
warrantless collection and analysis of Americans financial transactions.
It explains the fine print also calls for CFPB
contractors, who may have that information, may
be required to share the information with additional government entities.
The watchdog organization began its search for
the records following CFPB chief Richard
Cordrays appearance before the Senate Banking Committee in April.
Among other things, it found that the board,
authorized by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial
reform plan, wants large amounts of
information from millions of consumers,
reportedly for a number of policy research projects.
The broad outline states: The panel shall
include 5 million consumers, and joint borrowers,
co-signers, and authorized users. The initial
panel shall contain 10 years of historical data on a quarterly basis.
The documents claim that the identities will be
masked, but ages, birth dates and census block numbers are to be included.
Fitton told U.S. News that the government plans
are a more direct assault on American citizens
reasonable [expectation] of privacy than the
gathering of general phone records.
Judicial Watch also said it found
that overlapped, so that several credit reporting
agencies and accounting firms would gather, store
and share credit card data. Those companies
included Deloitte Consulting,
$8.4 million deal with Experian was to track
daily consumer habits of select individuals
without their awareness or consent.
The government admitted that the contractors
would, in performing this requirement
access to non-public, confidential information,
Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or proprietary information.
The government documents themselves say: The
initial sample shall be drawn from current
records and historical data appended for that
sample as well as additional samples during the
intervening years to make the combines sample
representative at each point in time.
Among the goals, according to the government, was
to maintain detailed credit information on Americans.
The central mission of the CFPB is to make
markets for consumer financial products and
services work for Americans whether they are
mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using
any number of other consumer financial products, the government said.
While the government agency said data collecting
procedures are authorized by the Dodd-Frank law,
it does use anonymized industry data.
The bureau is not receiving data about
individual purchase transactions nor are we
receiving any personally identifiable information, the agency told U.S. News.
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