Tag: controversial data-mining program

We are doing it to help you, but you don’t need to know what we are doing…

At least that’s what the CFPB is saying about a program that is collecting bankruptcy information on over 5 million people without letting them know this is going on is doing. From the article:

Serious allegations are being raised in the legal community that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has recruited the U.S. Trustee Program to collect bankruptcy data on its behalf to aid a controversial data-mining program.

Documents obtained by the Washington Examiner describe efforts by the CFPB to collect a decade’s worth of private financial data on the consumer behavior of five million American citizens without their knowledge or consent. The CFPB data-mining campaign has alarmed privacy watchdogs.

The USTP was created by Congress in 1978 to be a rigorously neutral agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. Its attorneys are supposed to be “impartial” and to serve as a “watchdog over the bankruptcy process,” according to the agency’s website.

If USTP is aiding CFPB’s data-mining program in any manner, bankruptcy authorities argue it would constitute an “unprecedented” violation of the organization’s reason for being and destroy its independence.

Officials with CFPB and USTP were reluctant to respond to questions about their agencies’ relationship and the data-mining program.

In the information society there is no expectation of privacy anymore it seems. At least not when it comes from our own government. The constitution seems dead. How much you want to bet that whatever they find is going to be used to push a specific political agenda, be it right or wrong, because these bureaucrats think it is their job to impart “social justice” or whatever the catch phrase of the day is?