CIA runs its own mass surveillance program

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CIA runs its own mass surveillance program

The 1981 presidential decree is the basis for the CIA so that masses of data on U.S. citizens and foreigners are collected. However, there is no parliamentary control of this. This happens beyond the elementary democratic oversight. That's according to the U.S. government's latest Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) report, released in the spring of 2021.

This is a program for mass surveillance of those affected. This program specializes in the automated evaluation and collection of financial data.

Controversial arrangement as a basis

Now this program has been made public, which has its basis still from the year 1981 under the reign of the US President Ronald Reagan. Various institutions as well as companies may be monitored as long as there is a relationship with foreign employees or foreign organizations. This scandal is also directly related to the surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013.

Blackened areas cause confusion

The blackened areas in particular lead to many unanswered questions. What is behind this has not yet been found out. Most recently, U.S. intelligence has focused on the Islamic State network. Nevertheless, other financial information is also collected. Many spies used for this purpose have very limited formal training. This mass survey involves a large amount of personal data. The evaluation is delayed because the volume is so extensive.