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Utah protesters decry NSA collecting private data

(Lennie Mahler | The Salt Lake Tribune) Macey Booth and Ashley Shaw speak out against PRISM, an NSA program which gathers and stores phone and internet data without user permission. Booth said protests were helping to get the ball rolling for a nationwide movement called Restore The Fourth to take place on July 4. The protest attracted six people in front of the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City, Friday, June 14, 2013.

First published Jun 14 2013 05:43PM
Updated Jun 15, 2013 06:04PM

A handful of protestors gathered Friday outside the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City to protest the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, which recent media reports say have collected mountains of private digital information from leading telecommunications companies. The protest was organized through social media by Roy activist Chris Snoke, and came on the heels of a larger PRISM-focused event at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, which drew about 40 people. Activists in Utah are also organizing another rally scheduled for the Fourth of July that will focus on the Fourth Amendment, which they feel is being violated under the NSA’s surveillance programs.

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