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FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says


FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.

The report does n0t allege the FBI was routinely searching American data improperly, though judges have previously reprimanded the bureau for failing to comply with privacy rules.

Credit: Ting Shen/The Wall Street Journal

The Federal Bureau of Investigation performed potentially millions of searches of American electronic data last year without a warrant, U.S. intelligence officials said Friday, a revelation likely to stoke longstanding concerns in Congress about government surveillance and privacy.

An annual report published Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed that the FBI conducted as many as 3.4 million searches of U.S. data that had been previously collected by the National Security Agency.

Senior Biden administration officials said the actual number of searches is likely far lower, citing complexities in counting and sorting foreign data from U.S. data. It couldn't be learned from the report how many Americans' data was examined by the FBI under the program, though officials said it was also almost certainly a much smaller number.

The report didn't suggest the FBI searches were improper or illegal.

From The Wall Street Journal
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