CDT Blasts "Government Spyware" Program

A public-advocacy group says two popular and increasingly ubiquitous digital technologies Web-based e-mail and location awareness inadvertently give the U.S. government unprecedented access to Americans' personal data. As such, it believes stronger laws are needed to control the growing levels of official surveillance practices.

In a just-issued 48-page report, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) suggests technology is making government surveillance easier, not harder, and that stronger protections are needed if innocent Americans are to retain their privacy rights. The group claims recent government-surveillance stories aren't isolated incidents, but instead reflect a widening gap between the technology that collects sensitive personal data and the laws designed to protect that data against government misuse. TelecomWeb

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