What Will Obama Give You for Your Privacy?

The government wants to be able to track your smartphone in an emergency, but admits that there are trade-offs.

His "Candy Crush" level is a state secret.

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Suppose that the government were to ask each of us to wear an unremovable bracelet that allowed our location to be determined in an emergency. The responsible agencies would promise never to use this authority in the absence of a court order. True, there would be a potential threat to privacy, but supporters would contend that the trade-off was worthwhile: Terrorists and child kidnappers would be easier to catch.

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