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IU Privacy Expert 'Not Entirely Surprised' by NSA Phone Records Scandal

A privacy expert with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs says she's not entirely surprised by the news that the NSA ordered Verizon to provide all records of domestic phone calls.

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Beth Cate says there have been discussions going back to the George W. Bush administration about programs to gain access to communications on a large scale.  She says it's surprising to people to think that this is considered to be authorized under current law.  She thinks one of the points of confusion is what the interpretation of current authority is that would allow for this type of mass gathering of information.

Cate says many people believe these actions are overreaching and this access to all communications is broader than the law would seem to allow.  She says there should be open communication as to whether this behavior is necessary.