“They’re just doing this so they can catch criminals!” you might say. This isn’t an attack on criminals. This is an attack on the Fourth Amendment, which is supposed to ensure that searches be conducted only under warrants obtained after demonstration of probable cause.
This is why Your Faithful Blogger uses cash for everything except auto rentals and hotel reservations.
Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.
The document, obtained by security researcher Christopher Soghoian, explains how so-called “Hotwatch” orders allow for real-time tracking of individuals in a criminal investigation via credit card companies, rental car agencies, calling cards, and even grocery store loyalty programs. The revelation sheds a little more light on the Justice Department’s increasing power and willingness to surveil Americans with little to no judicial or Congressional oversight.
Read more at Wired.