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Hello all, and happy Thursday!  

With the recent passage of California’s Delete Act, it’s an especially good time to reflect on the contents of a recently declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). 

The Delete Act empowers consumers to request the deletion of their personal data by all data brokers registered in California. The ODNI report shows that greater regulation of data brokers at the federal level is merited, as the government perceives data brokers to be a loophole for mass, warrantless device surveillance.  

The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from engaging in warrantless search and seizure. Tracking U.S. citizens through their cell phones certainly counts as a search, so federal agencies would need to get a judge to sign off on a warrant before tracking that data.   

However, it has long been the position of federal agencies that “publicly available” information is not subject to the Fourth Amendment. If the information can be purchased, then the government considers it to be publicly available—whether or not any reasonable person would agree. 

The report clarifies that ODNI’s own expert panels believe this approach is an overreach. But as we’ve seen with commercial excesses in data collection, we can’t expect organizations to simply stop tracking individuals’ data out of a sense of ethics. Historically, data collection practices have only been reduced to reasonable levels through regulation.  



P.S. Scroll down to watch Osano’s Head of Privacy, Rachael Ormiston, talk through a quick overview of India’s new Digital Personal Data Protection Act (DPDPA)! 

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