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Report Indicates “Massive Spike” in Tracking

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

September 28, 2012

CNET News reports on documents indicating law enforcement’s “real-time surveillance targeting social networks and e-mail providers jumped 80 percent from 2010 to 2011.” The documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act suit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), also indicate “a massive spike in ‘non-content’ surveillance by federal law enforcement over the last two years, jumping 60 percent from 23,535 cases in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011.” The report suggests “police are using a 1986 law intended to tell police what phone numbers were dialed for far more invasive surveillance: monitoring of whom specific social network users communicate with, what Internet addresses they're connecting from” and other interactions.
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