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Investigation Underscores Privacy Issues

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 14, 2012

A front page article in The New York Times reports on how the recent investigation of Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen “underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about”—that government officials will “unavoidably invade the private lives of Americans” in order to investigate some crimes. Officials investigating a potential cyber stalking case came across “potentially inappropriate” e-mails and shared them with the Defense Department. Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center noted, “It’s a particular problem with cyber investigations—they rapidly become open-ended because there’s such a huge quantity of information available and it’s so easily searchable.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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