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DOJ’s “hotwatch” real-time surveillance of credit card transactions

Posted on December 8th, 2010 at 16:55 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy -- Write a comment


A 10 page Powerpoint presentation (pdf) that I recently obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Department of Justice, reveals that law enforcement agencies routinely seek and obtain real-time surveillance of credit card transaction. The government’s guidelines reveal that this surveillance often occurs with a simple subpoena, thus sidestepping any Fourth Amendment protections.

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