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March 2, 2006

Congress Wants to Keep Your (And Their) Phone Records Private

In other congressional action, the Law Enforcement and Phone Privacy Protection Act is sailing through the House and Senate.  This bill criminalizes falsely obtaining phone records and selling them on the web.  The outrage is that consumers should not have to face this invasion of privacy, but one suspects that the speed at which this bill is being passed may have more to do with earlier reports of phone records of FBI agents and, gasp, political candidates (Gen. Wesley Clark) as being targets of this practice.  No one, after all, wants to know how many times a lobbyist has called while sensitive legislation is in process.  Still, it's hard to complain when the agendas of legislatures and their constituents coincide.

Details are here and here.

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