The Majority of the US Population Support Government Phone Tracking

For all the media coverage telling the US public it should be up in arms about the NSA's phone tracking, a new study from Pew suggests that the majority of the population couldn't care less—and in fact support the practice.

Seems that 56 percent of Americans think that tracking phone call metadata is an acceptable practice when it comes to investigating terrorist threats. Weirdly, only 41 percent of those asked thought it was unacceptable, and 62 percent thought the pursuit of terrorists outweighs privacy concerns when it come to phone calls.

That figure drops substantially when it comes to monitoring email, though: only 52 percent of people thought government monitoring of email could help prevent future terrorist attacks. The difference probably owes a lot to the fact that people think of phone metadata as somehow less sensitive than email.

Generally, though, it seems strange that people just seem to care so little about intrusion into their personal lives. How do you feel about it? [Pew Research Center via Atlantic Wire via Verge]

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