AMERICAN NOTES: Stopping Snoopers

It takes 346 pages to spell out the ways in which individual privacy can be protected from overzealous snoopers in this electronic age. That is the length of a report submitted by a federal advisory commission last week urging the establishment of five basic principles: 1 ) no system for recording data about people should be kept secret; 2) anybody should be able to find out what the records say about him and how the information is being used; 3) anybody should be able to correct errors in the records; 4) information collected about a person for one purpose should...

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