The Emerging 'Surveillance-Industrial Complex'

Scary stuff. Wired News reports on the emerging "surveillance-industrial complex" and says a new ACLU report shows that our Government is increasingly hiring big companies in the private sector to play the role of big brother.

The government is increasingly using corporations to do its surveillance work, allowing it to get around restrictions that protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that works to protect civil liberties. Data aggregators -- companies that aggregate information from numerous private and public databases -- and private companies that collect information about their customers are increasingly giving or selling data to the government to augment its surveillance capabilities and help it track the activities of people.

Because laws that restrict government data collection don't apply to private industry, the government is able to bypass restrictions on domestic surveillance. Congress needs to close such loopholes, the ACLU said, before the exchange of information gets out of hand.

If it's not too late already. Hasn't this been going on for years?

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