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Opinion: Five Myths of Privacy

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

June 14, 2013

Dan Solove writes an op-ed for The Washington Post dispelling myths surrounding the privacy-security balance in light of recent news of the NSA’s broad surveillance programs. “’Metadata’ about phone calls can be quite revealing,” Solove writes. “A detailed phone record can present a telling portrait of the person associated with a telephone number.” Another point he makes is “secrecy at the level of an individual suspect is different from keeping the very existence of massive surveillance programs secret. The public must know about the general outlines of surveillance activities in order to evaluate whether the government is achieving the appropriate balance between privacy and security.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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