Across the globe, critics believe governments have been engaged in a "surveillance land-grab" when it comes to online information, The Christian Science Monitor reports. The article examines such recent developments as a lawsuit in Ireland challenging the EU's efforts to collect and store personal data, the UAE's plan to ban BlackBerry use unless it can monitor user information and a push in the U.S. to allow the government access to browser histories and e-mail addresses without judicial oversight. "Online privacy has become a key civil liberty battleground," the report states, noting that across Europe, for example, "a backlash against the storage of private data is growing."
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