Last month’s Capitol Hill riots are continuing to have long-lasting ramifications. The January 6 insurrection led to a second impeachment of President Trump and a Senate trial that will begin next week.
Riots on the Capitol have also led to mass crackdowns against conservatives on social media. Parler was shut down altogether and many social networking sites also took it upon themselves to boot off countless conservative accounts.
However, this is barely the tip of the iceberg, as Townhall confirms. Yesterday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed that Bank of America released its customers’ private information (without their knowledge) to federal law enforcement groups seeking to track down folks who besieged the U.S. Capitol last month.
What to Know About the Intentional Leak of Private Information
Bank of America is only sharing the private information of customers who fit into a specific profile.
This profile includes the following: purchases made in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland between January 5 through January 7. Furthermore, the profile also extends to purchases for weapons, Airbnb rentals, hotel rentals, or airfare around Inauguration Day or periods surrounding January 5 through the 7th.
Tucker Carlson reveals that Bank of America was flagging the purchasing history of its customers and sending it to the federal government in order to find out if they were involved in the Capitol riot.
The feds later interrogated a customer who was cleared of wrongdoing. pic.twitter.com/QtwNv8EaWQ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 5, 2021
Fox’s Carlson revealed this information last night. The conservative host also explained that Bank of America customers who fit into the aforementioned profile are having their information shared with federal law enforcement, unbeknownst to them.
Likewise, Carlson informed that the right of Bank of America to share private information without customers’ knowledge is legally questionable.
The Statement from Bank of America
Bank of America did, in fact, share a statement with Carlson regarding the allegations.
The bank did not refute claims of privately leaking certain customers’ information to the feds; however, Bank of America justified this behavior by citing their “responsibilities under federal law” to comply with requests from law enforcement.
I didn't go to DC. I fully condemn the riots and rioters. I will never do business with BOA until the day I die.
— Michael (@alex051496) February 5, 2021
Tucker Carlson, on the other hand, informed his viewers that this move from Bank of America could be credibly challenged in a court of law. Thus far, Bank of America has yet to release a public statement regarding its actions; however, it’s safe to say that many people and customers with Bank of America are not pleased.
What do you think about Bank of America secretly leaking their customers’ private information to federal law enforcement? Do you believe this is legal or ethical? Let us know in the comments section down below.