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Rights or Protection, That Is the Question

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

September 6, 2011

Two-thirds of Americans polled said they're willing to give up some of their civil liberties in order to fight terrorism, but if they had to choose, 54 percent said they'd pick their rights over protecting people from terrorists, an Associated Press (AP)-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey found. Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, respondents drew "a zigzag line" on where to choose rights over protection, and vice versa--similar to national policies, which two-thirds of respondents felt were a reactive "mish-mash," reports the AP. For example, one policy under the USA Patriot act allows government access to library records without a warrant, causing concern for some. Editor's Note: Read more about the effect of the 9/11 attacks on privacy in the U.S in this month's Privacy Advisor.
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