How the FBI Can Collect, Analyze and Report on Information about You

How do you know if the FBI is collecting data about you?

Or what it is doing with it?

There are two broad categories: legal, and illegal. 

In legal terms, if the data is legal, you know it is not legally collected, and the FBI cannot legally use it.

If the data isn’t legal, the FBI has the right to collect the data, but only to a limited extent. 

The second broad category of legal data collection is the type of information that is not covered by legal protections.

This category includes information that may be legal in the first place, but that is no longer in use or used by law enforcement or government agencies, such as the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection.

The legal data is not necessarily illegal.

It’s possible to find a legal use of data, such that you would not be caught in a Catch-22.

For example, if a government agency has an unclassified document that may contain information about you, it is legal for them to use that information to obtain a court order.

But the information must still be in a form that the government can use legally, such to obtain warrants, to obtain search warrants, or to obtain the wiretapping orders required by the Fourth Amendment. 

It’s worth noting that this category does not include data collected in the course of the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. 

To understand how this information is used, it’s important to understand how the FBI operates, and how it applies the laws that protect people’s privacy.

The FBI has two main legal authorities: Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), and Section 702 Amendments Act of 2008 (SSA), the FISA amendments act.

Section 702 collects information about foreign intelligence targets.

Section 706 of the FAA allows for law enforcement to obtain information from communications of American citizens that is stored outside of the United States.

SSA allows for data to be collected about the communications of Americans who are in the United State without a warrant.

Both of these authorities are part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Section 702). 

The FBI operates under Section 702, which allows the FBI to conduct surveillance of foreigners based on the Foreign Terrorist Surveillance Act.

This is a law that was enacted in 1976 and allows the government to conduct a foreign intelligence investigation in the US based on foreign information and suspects that the US has acquired in the past.

The law was amended in 2008, when it was renewed by Congress.

Section 701 of the SSA provides that the FBI may obtain “any tangible things” as long as those tangible things are not subject to foreign intelligence collection. 

This is important to know because Section 702 can be used for things like: searching a suspect’s bank account or credit card data to locate information relevant to an investigation; collecting information on foreign nationals and their associates in the U.S.; and collecting information about the contents of emails sent by people located in the States.

It is important that you understand that even though Section 702 does not permit the FBI, under Section 705 of the 2008 FISA Amendments act, to collect data about US persons, the bureau is authorized to collect “any physical thing or thing of value” based on a “specific and articulable suspicion” that a US person or entity has committed, or is about to commit, a crime. 

Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) are created by the FBI.

These are used to help determine who is a potential terrorist and who may be an imminent threat.

The bureau collects information on individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism, or suspected of terrorist activities, and reports them to the FISA Court. 

If you are in contact with the FBI in any way, or have any information about anyone you suspect may be a threat, it should be taken seriously.

This includes sharing it with the police, as well as any other law enforcement agency that might be investigating you, to ensure that you are not a target.

It also includes sharing information with other law-enforcement agencies to identify threats, to investigate suspected criminal activity, and to conduct background checks on suspected criminals. 

When you receive a SAR, the following information is sent to the FBI: the FBI name, address, and telephone number; a brief description of the activity being investigated; the location of the SAR, including its electronic form; and a brief explanation of the nature and extent of the inquiry. 

There are other forms of information, which can be included in a SAR.

For instance, the SAR may include information about your name, or even the names and phone numbers of your friends, and your social security numbers. 

What information does the FBI collect? 

The information collected under Section 700 of the federal statute, as part of Section 702 is called a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Report. 

Under Section 702’s foreign intelligence reporting, the government is required to obtain “foreign intelligence information” from you