What Does the Public/ Private Partnership Surveillance with the U.S. Government Mean to You?
Questioning what types of surveillance the US Government is using to collect data should be done by citizens as a way to understand and limit violations to their private data. In 2020, privacy is up for sale, and anyone could be the buyer. This surveillance partnership includes private companies, governments, and law enforcement agencies. The US Government, without full disclosure to the public, creates a variety of public/private partnerships with major corporations to collect and have access to confidential data on US Citizens and other residents of the United States.
The FISA Court and Its Secrets
The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as FISC or the FISA Court, was established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The court was created to oversee and manage surveillance requests on surveillance warrants on foreign soil, against foreign spies or agents located inside the United States. The court is sought by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the US to gain legal access to private data on those they are currently investigating.
Information obtained while conducting surveillance can mean the difference between the conviction of a criminal and that criminal going free. Whether it is accomplished through physical, electronic, or telephone/Internet monitoring, law enforcement officers must be up to date with all laws pertaining to surveillance and must have the proper training and experience in order to conduct an effective surveillance operation.