Government wiretaps up 20% for 2007

Tuesday, 6 May 2008, 11:25 AM EST

The US last week released its 2007 wiretapping stats, and they show that such surveillance is up a full 20 percent over the year before. The number of non-secret wiretaps is higher than it has ever been in the last decade, and not a single application was denied in all of 2007. If you're concerned about privacy, though, the report makes clear that you're statistically unlikely to be targeted unless you use a cell phone to run drugs. Murder might also earn you a wiretap, but apart from that, the authorities don't seem to use wiretaps in all but unusual cases.

At Ars Technica.

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