With our dependence on smartphones and the internet, a world where ‘Big Brother’ is always watching is more probable than ever.
In fact, the annual transparency report issued yesterday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed that the FBI “searched emails, texts and other electronic communications of as many as 3.4 million U.S. residents without a warrant” between the period of December 2020 and November 2021.
But what types of information does the government actually have in your file?
According to a viral TikTok, there’s a way to find out what the FBI knows about you.
The TikTok states that under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, you can legally request your FBI file that includes all the information the government agency has collected about you since the day you were born. And surprisingly, that’s 100% correct.
How To Find Out What The FBI Knows About You
1. Send a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act request.
The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 1967 in order to give American citizens access to information collected by the U.S. government, while the Privacy Act of 1974 gives citizens the right to information the government specifically collects on them.
In order to request information under these Acts, you have to draft a letter stating that you’re requesting information under the Act.
The easiest way to send this request is electronically through the FBI’s FOIA portal, which will have you fill out a form for both Acts including all necessary information to process your request. Submitting through the online portal will also quickly give you access to a FOIPA request number that you can use to easily track your request.