The FBI has admitted that it repeatedly broke its own rules in spying on internet communications.
FBI director Robert Mueller said that for the fourth straight year his agency collected information on people’s emails and web activity which was beyond its legal remit.
However, Mueller claimed that this was partly the fault of telecoms companies which had provided the FBI with “too much information”.
“We are committed to ensuring that we not only get this right, but maintain the vital trust of the American people,” he said.
The problems stemmed from the FBI’s use of information request letters which was made much simpler after the passage of the Patriot Act.
But is this something new? The FBI is a spy agency, isn’t it?