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Opinion: Vigilance Needed on Surveillance

SURVEILLANCE

December 23, 2011

In the Ottawa Citizen, Roland Paris says that even liberal democracies with strong privacy laws should be wary of the potential for government surveillance. Paris, who is founding director of the Centre for International Policy Studies and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, cites a recent Brookings Institution report that warns that "Within the next few years, it will be technically possible and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly everything that is said or done within their borders." The report "speaks to the importance of a different kind of heightened vigilance..." Paris writes, "of our right to remain largely hidden from the constant gaze of the state."
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