The Treasury Department is buying sensitive app data for investigations | Engadget

It's no secret that app data can reach investigators without much oversight, but you might be surprised at just who is buying that data. With that said, Senator Ron Wyden and others are pushing legislation that would require a court order for these data purchases. The software will theoretically help the IRS catch tax evaders through online activity like social media posts and forum conversations. The info will help OFAC target people and enforce international sanctions, according to the contract. As you might expect, there's a concern the office is effectively circumventing Fourth Amendment search restrictions. Rather than scaling back its efforts, the US government is stepping things up.We've asked the Treasury for comment. This also represents an expansion of "invasive surveillance," Tech Inquiry founder Jack Poulson told The Intercept.
It's no secret that app data can reach investigators without much oversight, but you might be surprised at just who is buying that data. The Intercept and advocacy group Tech Inquiry have learned tha… [+2016 chars]