US Government Scooped up Information on Money Transfers Without a Warrant – ReclaimTheNet 1/19/23


International money transfers are far from private according to findings by The Wall Street Journal and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Regular readers will know Reclaim The Net covered the start of this investigation almost a year ago.

Law enforcement in the US can access international money transfer details without a warrant through a controversial surveillance program the Arizona attorney general’s office approved in 2014.

The program resulted in the creation of a money transfers database managed by the Transaction Record Analysis Center (TRAC).

The database contains the full names and amounts transferred for transactions above $500 between the US, Mexico, and 22 other jurisdictions via international money transfer services like

MoneyGram and Western Union. Money transfer services like , Venmo, Cash App, Cash, and Zelle do not provide data to TRAC.

However, some domestic transfers are recorded in the database….

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