AP Records Seizure Fuels Push To Limit Gov't Snooping

By Allison Grande (May 16, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT) -- In secretly seizing Associated Press reporters' telephone records as part of its probe into a suspected leak of classified information, the U.S. Department of Justice has sparked a wider debate over the appropriate balance between privacy and security that is likely to inspire companies to push for more stringent surveillance restrictions, according to experts.

The AP revealed Monday that the DOJ had informed it that federal prosecutors had obtained the phone records for 20 mobile and home telephone lines assigned to AP reporters and editors in three states over two months in early 2012.

In a news conference and subsequent testimony...

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