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12-06-2014, 09:04 AM
By TONY ROMM & ERIN MERSHON | 11/17/14 10:03 AM EDT
With help from Kate Tummarello and Caroline Cullen Barker

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AMASH WANTS LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS DOJ'S AIRPLANE SURVEILLANCE

The other big news in the surveillance world: The Department of Justice is using government airplanes to scoop up massive troves of data from Americans' cell phones, as The Wall Street Journal first reported last week. Rep. Justin Amash a vocal critic of surveillance practices is prepping a standalone bill to limit the type of surveillance revealed in those reports, set to be unveiled in the next Congress. (He's been digging into the issue for a while, but the WSJ story will certainly add fuel to the fire, an aide tells MT.) The aide said the congressman has been questioning intelligence agencies on their use of such technology to collect "particularly invasive information" and called the WSJ report "very alarming."

Amash's work will likely please privacy advocates, who began sounding the alarm for more comprehensive legislation to protect personal information after the WSJ shed light on the DOJ's practices. Katy's got the full story on that, here: http://politico.pro/1ubyL4e

http://www.politico.com/morningtech/1114/morningtech16125.html