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Government Surveillance

Law enforcement has a difficult job in preventing and responding to crime. Agencies and officers of the government are dedicated to protecting citizens and communities, especially from heinous crimes like terrorism. Information about people helps them do this.

There are few incentives, if any, that countervail the tendency law enforcement has to collect large amounts of information and maintain a strong information-collection arsenal. This unfortunately sometimes causes law enforcement to slip beyond watching out for crime, into monitoring citizens and the public for evidence. This crosses a well-established line into unlawful surveillance.

New technologies have dramatically increased the ability of law enforcement to monitor the comings and goings of citizens. Technology dominates the list of threats to privacy from government surveillance.


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[updated 9/27/00]

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