Much has been made of the National Security Agency’s spy-on-Americans program, with one judge in Washington concluding the interception of private information probably is unconstitutional. But it appears that the NSA may be only a bit player in the spy games these days, what with toys, software, televisions and more capable of recording conversations in Americans’ homes and transmitting it via the Web, according to a privacy organization.
It’s why the Electronic Privacy Information Center is seeking an investigation of the practice. EPIC has asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to host a workshop regarding “always-on” consumer devices. The devices routinely record and store private communications from inside Americans’ homes, sometimes even forwarding the data to outside agencies. But the practices may violate wiretap restrictions, state privacy laws, the Federal Trace Commission Act and more, the privacy group says. FULL REPORT