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Opinion: “Envelope Information” Should Be Protected

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 17, 2012

In light of the new ability to text donations to political campaigns, Rachel Levinson-Waldman of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program writes in Wired that with whom and when a person is communicating can be “even more sensitive than the substance of the communications themselves.” This “envelope information” can be obtained without a warrant from a judge and, in the case of campaign donations, offers data on political leanings—commonly from young and lower-income citizens, who are more apt to make text donations. “'Envelope information’ should receive similarly enhanced protection,” Levinson-Waldman writes. “This would help assure that information including the political contributions of the young and low-income is not disproportionately swept into ever-expanding government databases.”
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