Secret Surveillance at an All-Time High

 
Two annual reports recently released by federal agencies show that
surveillance activity conducted by the United States government has
continued to rise dramatically since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with
use of investigative powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act again at an all-time high.
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A coalition of consumer and civil liberties groups joined EPIC in filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission that urge the agency
to adopt stronger protections for phone records. Phone records (and
other types of personal information held by businesses) are vulnerable
to "pretexting," a practice where an individual impersonates another
person, employs false pretenses, or otherwise uses trickery to obtain
information. In 2005, EPIC identified 40 websites offering to obtain
phone records through pretexting, and filed a petition with the FCC to
require stronger rules for protecting phone records
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