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Gov't Programs Cause Concern for Some

SURVEILLANCE—ARGENTINA

February 21, 2012

The Argentinian government has recently updated its bus fare system to government-issued payment cards that track commuters' comings and goings, reports The Miami Herald. This, combined with a recently established biometrics sharing program and an anti-terrorism law that includes a broad definition of what constitutes terrorism, has civil liberties groups raising red flags. According to the report, there has been little public debate over the new programs, and while authorities say measures like a biometric database will aid in law enforcement procedures, others say they will give the government dangerous surveillance abilities. One civil liberties lawyer says, "the lack of public debate means the average citizen doesn't know what the new technology and powers mean for their privacy and civil liberties."
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