For some, revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting vast amounts of personal information on U.S. citizens might seem as far removed as the city of Moscow.
But it’s not just an ultrasecret spy agency that can create a dossier on you.
Many Americans would be surprised by how easily local law enforcement, IRS investigators, the FBI and private attorneys can reach into the vast pool of personal information about their lives with little more than a subpoena, which no judge needs to review.
And it’s not just for selling you more products or services. It can be wielded against you.