U.S. ranks #30 in terms of protection of privacy

Courtesy of USA Today

Germany and Canada are the best defenders of privacy and Malaysia and China the worst, an international rights group said in a report released Wednesday.

The United States did only slightly better, at no. 30, ranked between Israel and Thailand, with few safeguards and widespread surveillance, the group said.

Efforts to quash terrorism have eroded individual privacy protections since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, human rights activists have warned. Governments around the world have imposed security and immigration legislation that invades people’s private lives, they say.

In the United States, President Bush’s administration has come under fire for its warrantless domestic wiretapping program, which monitors international phone calls and e-mails to or from the United States involving people suspected by the government of having terrorist links.

I’m surprised we ranked that high and somehow managed to avoid coming in last place. The feds have shown a blatant disregard for our privacy and it seems every day they are coming up with a new excuse to intrude even more into our personal lives.

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~ by antifed on November 2, 2006.

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