Klon Kitchen is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, Kitchen was the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Technology Policy and the national security advisor to Senator Ben Sasse. Kitchen has served in several positions within the intelligence community, including at the National Counterterrorism Center and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Many US federal agencies are purchasing private market data. This paper argues that US government access to at least some private market data—and the limiting of foreign access to this same information—is essential for national security. It also argues, however, for a refined awareness that acknowledges the privacy we have already lost and that implements greater government oversight and accountability.