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This is a common feature in modern printers for forensics investigations, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Those tinfoil-wearing, anti-government, paranoid types turned out to be right after all.
The U.S. government says it has direct access to your Facebook accounts, email accounts, and calling services like Skype, and is mining the data even as you read this.
Specifically,, both the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have been secretly collecting data on U.S. residents since 2007, according to a leaked document.
Picture two federal agents knocking at your door, ready to serve you a top secret order from the U.S. government, demanding that you hand over every shred of data you own — from usernames and passwords, phone records, emails, and social networking and credit card data.
You can’t tell anyone, and your only viable option is to comply.
For some U.S. Internet service providers (ISP) and phone companies, this scenario happens — and often.
Each record lists a voter’s name, date of birth, home address, phone number, and voter registration details, such as which political party a person is registered with. The data also includes “profiling” information, voter ethnicities and religions, and various other kinds of information pertinent to a voter’s political persuasions and preferences, as modeled by the firms’ data scientists, in order to better target political advertising.
For example, a 50-gigabyte file of “Post Elect 2016” information, last updated in mid-January, contained modeled data about a voter’s likely positions on 46 different issues ranging from “how likely it is the individual voted for Obama in 2012, whether they agree with the Trump foreign policy of ‘America First’ and how likely they are to be concerned with auto manufacturing as an issue, among others.”
In the aftermath of the search, the sheriff told local media that the pat-down searches of students were legal because school administrators were present. He also said he believed drugs were present at the school, and that a separate drug search performed several weeks earlier by police from the city of Sylvester had not been thorough enough.
Neither search turned up any illicit drugs, according to Coleman.