Local officials support U.S. plan to save Web data

Mercury News


Deirdre Mulligan, a law and public-policy expert at the University of California-Berkeley, said the need for information to catch and prosecute criminals should be evaluated within the context of reports that federal intelligence agents have been secretly reviewing personal data in a wholesale fashion. Among the allegations: The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone calling records of millions of Americans, as part of its anti-terrorism efforts.

``If we have a surveillance camera on every single street corner and in every office, if we monitor every telephone conversation, certainly it will be easier to catch criminals,'' she said.