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Government Needs Privacy Backstop: Study

Majority of Respondents Say Public Needs Independent Advocate 1/16/2014 2:17 PM Eastern

 

The U.S. government should create an independent legal advocate to protect privacy rights against government surveillance abuses.
 
That is according to a new study released on the eve of the President's planned announcement addressing the controversy surrounding National Security Agency data collection from telecom companies.
 
According to the study, 74% of the respondents said surveillance programs needs that independent advocate. More than half (63%) said that there needs to be increasing oversight of surveillance programs, and 59% said changes need to be made in the surveillance programs themselves.
 
The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, is based on a phone survey of 803 adults conducted last November. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
 
President Obama appears to be on the same page, at least when it comes to the advocate.
 
According to various reports, in his planned speech on new surveillance guidelines Friday (Jan. 17), he is expected to propose such an advocate.
 
Online and computer tech powerhouses last month joined to propose new limits on government surveillance, including the kind of data collection transparency and limits members of Congress are usually calling for from them.

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