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The D.E.A Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

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The Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected data in bulk about Americans’ purchases of money-counting machines — and took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts.

In 2008 the D.E.A. began to issue blanket administrative subpoenas to vendors to learn who was buying money counters.

The subpoenas involved no court oversight and were not pegged to any particular investigation.

The agency collected tens of thousands of records showing the names and addresses of people who bought the devices.

Curated from The New York Times

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