FTC Uses ‘Opaqueness’ To Keep Records Behind Closed Doors

By KATHRYN WATSON dailycaller.com Posted November 25th, 2015

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials won’t reveal how the agency uses judgeless subpoenas to obtain Americans’ records, claiming that doing so will “interfere” with law enforcement efforts.

The Daily Caller News Foundation, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), recently requested copies of all warantless or administrative subpoenas the FTC and nine other agencies have issued over the last three years.

TheDCNF has previously reported how federal agencies increasingly use constitutionally questionable warrantless demands to obtain everything from Americans’ emails to medical records without seeking prior approval by a judge or demonstrating probable cause of a crime having been committed.

But the FTC claims in a Nov. 24 letter that at least some of those records are exempt “because disclosure of that material could reasonably be expected to interfere with the conduct of the commission’s law enforcement activities.”

 

The DCNF has previously reported how federal agencies increasingly use constitutionally questionable warrantless demands to obtain everything from Americans’ emails to medical records without seeking prior approval by a judge or demonstrating probable cause of a crime having been committed.

But the FTC claims in a Nov. 24 letter that at least some of those records are exempt “because disclosure of that material could reasonably be expected to interfere with the conduct of the commission’s law enforcement activities.”

 

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