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Senator calls for probe of mass surveillance tool used by US law enforcement

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) speaks during a news conference after the first Democratic luncheon meeting since COVID-19 restrictions went into effect on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

By Suzanne Smalley Editing by Bill Berkrot

US Senator Ron Wyden on Wednesday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate federal, state and local law enforcement access to a database of more than 150 million money transfers, citing concerns it disproportionately affects minorities and low-income individuals.

Law enforcement agencies have routinely accessed the vast trove of money transfer records without court oversight, Wyden said.

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