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June 16, 2020

Q&A: Journalist, Author David Burnham, ‘It’s a Very Discouraging Time for Democracy’, Last of two parts
By Aisheh Barghouti

“People’s privacy has been very, very much reduced — and the big corporations are actively working for that.”
David Burnham spent years as an investigative reporter. Now 87, Burnham is co-director and co-founder of the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a nonpartisan research organization in Syracuse, N.Y., that since 1989 has maintained and analyzed a vast database of federal enforcement, staffing and financial information. During his long career as a journalist and at TRAC, Burnham has worked to hold federal agencies accountable for accomplishing their stated goals. He is the author of “The Rise of the Computer State” (1983), about computers’ threat to privacy and democracy; “A Law Unto Itself” (1988), on the IRS and its abuses, and “Above the Law” (1996), spotlighting the U.S. Justice Department. In today’s report, Burnham told Digital Privacy News that the collapse of the media is a primary reason privacy is in greater jeopardy today.

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