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Suit Filed, Questions Asked in Surveillance

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 17, 2012

A privacy advocacy group has filed a suit to force the Department of Transportation to release its records on the use of drones in U.S. airspace in recent years, The Washington Post reports. "Drones give the government and other unmanned aircraft operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive data on Americans' movements and activities," said an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "As the government begins to make policy decisions about the use of these aircrafts, the public needs to know more about how and why these drones are being used to surveil United States citizens." Meanwhile, members of Congress are asking the Department of Homeland Security questions about a social media monitoring program. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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