A federal report has concluded that the U.S. government collects and uses electronic devices for a wide range of purposes and that some of the devices used for those purposes are often “incidentally” collected or used by federal law enforcement.
The Inspector General for the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Inspector General, which oversees the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said the devices include:The report is based on an investigation of more than 800,000 electronic devices seized by the U to the FBI.
The report also found that federal agencies collect data from all the devices they capture.
The report concluded that “a small fraction” of the electronic devices in the government’s possession are “incidental” or “for which no reasonable individual” would have known.
In all, more than 5 million electronic devices were seized in the year ending June 30, 2017, the inspector general’s office said in a release.
The government is required to report on the collection and use of electronic devices by its agencies.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is a non-profit group that reviews and approves agency practices and policies.
The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The IG’s report comes as Congress and the White House grapple with the growing concern among civil libertarians that the government is using digital technology to spy on Americans without the need to obtain warrants.
In an op-ed piece for the New York Times on Friday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., wrote that Congress must reform the way it collects and stores electronic data.
He called on the intelligence committees to conduct oversight of the government and to stop using the devices as a means to spy without warrants.
The inspector general report said the government collects data on all of its electronic devices that are captured by law enforcement agencies and stored in electronic databases.
In addition, the report found that about half of all the electronic data in the FBI’s digital databank is collected by the agency and shared with other federal agencies.
In one example, the IG said, the agency collected “information on a large number of personal electronic devices” that were collected by federal authorities as part of the agency’s investigation of suspected drug trafficking.
The devices were then used for “the analysis of data on individual law enforcement and other law enforcement activities,” the report said.
It’s unclear how many devices are being used by law enforcers.
The FBI said last year that it does not have a list of the number of devices it has in its possession.
But the IG noted that the devices included in the IG’s review had a total of about 4,600 devices that it described as “incidents of misuse.”
The IG also said it found a few instances in which law enforcement officials used the devices for non-law enforcement purposes.
The Department of Homeland Security has not commented on the report.