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Opinion: Outlawing Anonymity?

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

June 10, 2010

A bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at prohibiting pre-paid cell phone sales could mean the end to what "represents perhaps the last opportunity for a person to communicate anonymously," Bob Barr writes in his column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Barr takes aim at the 111th U.S. Congress as curbing "the rights and privacy of all Americans." While the pre-paid cell phone question has come up due to concerns about terrorism and crime, Barr points out that other "law-abiding citizens use such devices regularly." Barr also questions plans to require "black box" computers in American automobiles and expand the government's collection of DNA samples from those arrested for criminal activities.
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