I have only just learned, thanks to a forum I am involved in, that the US government has access to a truckload of personal information of non-US citizens.
Some of you may be aware of, and may have even used, the SWIFT method of bank transfer. Perhaps you have kids overseas who needed a boost and you sent them some money. The Brussels based SWIFT is one of the ways of getting money from “here” to “there”. It may not go to the US, it could be, for example, between Italy and the UK.
But.. guess what… after 9/11, the SWIFT people agreed to give the US government all information about what money was moving to where. Antiterrorism, they said. But this flow of information has never stopped.
Read more at privacyinternational.org: The article is old, but the information is current.