Which is basically everybody.
The US doesn't need to even scan this information themselves, they can just get a contract with Facebook and Google and have 90% of it right there.
There's a story about Target's marketing software successfully identifying a teenage girl was pregnant before she'd even told her father, and sent her maternity ads in the mail. He wasn't thrilled.
One of you will end up here next!
I confess, I did it, I let the dogs out.
A few things:
1. Carnivore (software) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2. I don't know about you, but when I cut my teeth on the Internet as it was becoming available to the public, and my understanding of e-mail was always that it was the equivalent of writing your correspondence on the back of a post card. If you want privacy, you encrypt. That's why the government faught PGP for so long and why key escrow was such a hot topic for so long.
3. Pretty much every free service on the Internet scans your correspondence and usage patterns for marketing data.
4. The search engines retain and market your usage patterns too.
5. Not saying this is a good thing, but if you really care about online privacy you need to take steps rather than just bitching about what the government has been doing for years.
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey