Verizon Call Logs Controversy: No Such Thing As Too Much Information

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The news that Verizon is providing the government with data about its customers on a daily basis has reignited the debate between balancing individual privacy and national security.

Barry Steinhardt of the group Friends of Privacy USA said the surveillance itself is not so surprising, but the volume of material gathered is.

 “The government seems to think the way to find the needle in the haystack is to pour more hay on the stack,” Steinhardt said.

That idea might seem counter-intuitive. But too much information is increasingly a thing of the past, as powerful computer programs tease patterns out of bigger and bigger pools of data.