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Local sheriff busted invading personal privacy

Local sheriff busted invading personal privacy
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Since Edward Snowden released his treasure trove of documents about government spying, we've all been concerned about the NSA's ability to secretly collect our personal information. But, it turns out there could be an equally dangerous threat to your privacy right in your own backyard. That's right, there are local law enforcement agencies out there collecting and sharing your private info nationwide without your knowledge.

The controversy began when word came out about traffic stop techniques that an Oklahoma-based private contractor called Desert Snow has taught law enforcement officers. The stops are designed to help police make drug and money seizures on national highways.

Desert Snow took the services a step further last year when it was contracted by Caddo County in Oklahoma. The county agreed to pay the company 25 percent of all cash seized. But, a judge threw a wrench in the plan when he found out Desert Snow contractors were making traffic stops and seizures all on their own and threatened to throw them in jail if it happened again.

And, if that isn't scary enough, the company also set up a networking website that lets officers across the country share your personal information, whether you committed a crime or not.

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