Nov 222014
 
 November 22, 2014  Surveillance, U.S.

Peter Dujardin reports:

A civil liberties group contends Virginia’s attorney general’s office is not following steps outlined in state law to provide insight into the gathering of telephone records by police departments and sheriff’s offices statewide.

For at least 10 years, the attorney general’s office has been submitting required annual reports to the General Assembly only about wiretaps, a rare kind of intercept that records actual phone conversations.

But the reports say nothing of the much more prevalent court orders that police agencies use to obtain past call log records and live access to data about a phone’s activity — such as the phone numbers being dialed out and calling in.

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