'You can't opt out of being spied on by the NSA'

EUGENE, Ore. - The Patriot Act allows the National Security Agency to record telephone call records.

Some groups fear the NSA may be collecting more than that.

"You can opt out of social media," said April Glacer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "You can't opt out of being spied on by the NSA."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation contends your cyber civil liberties should prevent the NSA from collecting and storing your digital data.

"Bring these programs to a halt, and bring the Constitution back to the forefront," said Nate Cardozo with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The problem for privacy advocates: No one is sure how much data is being collected - or where data collected by private companies is winding up.

"Same is true with credit card companies, with medical records, insurance records, things like that," Cardozo said. "We have no idea what the NSA has on us."

And in an age of unlimited storage, the information the NSA collects could be searched months or even decades from now.

Regardless of whether you support or oppose data collection, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is hoping to start a conversation.

"Our purpose is to drive the conversation, to keep the conversation going, and to amplify it," Glacer said. "We should be able to communicate with confidence."

Senator Ron Wyden will speak on the topic of national security and data collection in Portland on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, Portland.