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Credit data isn’t above government snooping

Kelly Dilworth

It’s been more than a week since the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that the National Security Agency is indiscriminately collecting Americans’ telephone records (or, in NSA parlance, “telephony metadata” — which includes when and where you made a phone call and what number you called, but doesn’t reveal what you said). Since then, numerous leaks have spilled out about what else the intelligence agency is collecting — including the revelation that credit card purchase data may be getting swept up as well.
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