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There is a tension between security and privacy, and since 9-11 it can be argued that public opinion has leaned more toward the former at the expense of the latter. For that reason, groups that are fighting to maintain or increase the privacy rights of citizens are more important than ever.

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) is a leading advocate for privacy in a technological age where fears of terrorism are cited as a rationale for government and law enforcement to have greater access to data. Over the past decade CDT has fought spyware, opposed greater use of wiretaps by the FBI on wireless phones and VoIP, and looked for a balance between protecting intellectual-property rights and allowing consumers fair use. No matter where you stand on these issues, it is helpful to understand the perspective of privacy advocates, such as the CDT.     @  You can get to the CDT’s Web site via SM Online.

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