The FBI uses intelligence to drive its decision-making. The information we get through intelligence gathering and sharing guides us in our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.
Gathering intelligence has always been critical to fulfilling the FBI’s mission. Some techniques we use to do this include interviews, wiretaps, and data analysis.
While the need for intelligence hasn’t changed, the threats confronting the country have evolved—and we’re constantly adapting to combat the threats we’re facing at home and abroad.
Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties
Regardless of the intelligence-gathering technique, the FBI follows all laws, policies, and procedures designed to protect the privacy of the American people.
Intelligence collection is governed by:
- The attorney general’s guidelines
- Procedures for national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection
- The U.S. Constitution
- Federal law
- Established criminal procedures
- Authorities controlled by U.S. courts
The FBI is a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC)—a group of 17 federal agencies that collect intelligence. In addition to using intelligence to investigate and solve cases, the FBI shares it with other members of the IC who may be able to use the information.
The FBI often shares intelligence with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Our Office of Partner Engagement works with the law enforcement community to build strategic partnerships, enhance capabilities, and support critical information sharing.
Through our Office of Private Sector, the FBI regularly shares information with the U.S. private sector and educational institutions to help them stay ahead of threats and mitigate the risks posed by criminals, terrorists, and nation-state actors. This collaboration helps protect our economic and national security.
Related FBI Programs
The Office of Private Sector (OPS) aligns and coordinates key outreach programs within the FBI, focusing on meaningful dialogue and engagement with private sector partners.
National Virtual Translation Center
The National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) is an FBI-managed federal government center that provides timely, accurate, and cost-effective translations for the U.S. government.