Days before far-right\u0026nbsp;President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, President Barack Obama has expanded all intelligence agencies\u0026#039; access to private communications obtained via warrentless spying.An executive order allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to share data collected via its global surveillance dragnet with all other U.S. intelligence agencies, without redacting untargeted American citizens\u0026#039; private information.\u0022The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data,\u0022 explained the New York Times, which broke the story late Thursday. The Times also shared the 23-page declassified version of the president\u0026#039;s order.\u0022So information that was collected without a warrant—or indeed any involvement by a court at all—for foreign intelligence purposes with little to no privacy protections, can be accessed raw and unfiltered by domestic law enforcement agencies to prosecute Americans with no involvement in threats to national security,\u0022 observed the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF).The Guardian also explains that the change in particular expands access to foreign intelligence gathered under former president Ronald Reagan\u0026#039;s little-known executive order 12333, writing:The rules do not change the scope of the NSA\u0026#039;s foreign-oriented surveillance dragnets, but they now permit greater unfiltered access to the massive communications databases. Nor do they apply to surveillance conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law circumscribing the conduct and reach of surveillance aimed at people inside the United States.Instead, the rule change applies to surveillance under a highly influential and mostly secret Reagan-era executive order, known as 12333, which sets rules governing exclusively foreign-focused intelligence collection.\u0022This development is very troubling for Americans\u0026#039; privacy,\u0022 argued John Napier Tye, a state department whistleblower, to the Guardian. \u0022Most people don\u0026#039;t realize this, but even our purely domestic email and text messages are often stored on servers outside the United States. And the NSA has written extremely permissive rules for itself to collect data outside U.S. borders.\u0022\u0022So in operations overseas, the NSA is scooping up a lot of purely domestic communications. And now, with these new rules, many different federal agencies can search and read the domestic communications of normal Americans, without any warrant or oversight from Congress or the courts,\u0022 Tye said.Indeed, Obama\u0026#039;s executive order has set off alarm bells among privacy advocates and civil liberties groups, which are preparing for a \u0022law and order\u0022 strongman who has called for surveillance of all Muslims, punishment for women who seek abortions, and deportation of millions of immigrants—and who has \u0022a reputation for vindictive grudges.\u0022\u0022The fact that they\u0026#039;re relaxing these privacy-protective rules just as Trump is taking the reins of the surveillance state is inexplicable to me,\u0022 Nate Cardozo, an EFF attorney, told Wired. \u0022The changes they\u0026#039;re making today are widening the aperture for abuse to happen just as abuses are becoming more likely.\u0022\u0022The procedures released today allow more agencies to directly access information collected by the NSA without a warrant under procedures that are grossly inadequate,\u0022 added Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the ACLU, in response to the rule.\u0022This raises serious concerns that agencies that have responsibilities such as prosecuting domestic crimes, regulating our financial policy, and enforcing our immigration laws will now have access to a wealth of personal information that could be misused,\u0022 Singh Guliani said.\u0022Seventeen different government agencies shouldn\u0026#039;t be rooting through Americans\u0026#039; emails with family members, friends, and colleagues, all without ever obtaining a warrant,\u0022 Patrick Toomey, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argued to the Times.Even before Obama\u0026#039;s latest order, civil liberties advocates have been warning that Trump is poised to inherit the largest surveillance apparatus in world history—and this is the second expansion of its powers since Trump\u0026#039;s November election.