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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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Re: Headline statistics are meaningless

Indeed so. Presenting percentage statistics without the relevant context of raw numbers makes them essentially meaningless.

In this case, however, the article included the raw number information, so one could conclude, for example that about one in five requests was either partly or wholly denied or approved with modifications, and just short of four in five were granted in full. And the article stated the total for the year as 1752, roughly one for every 185,000 people in the US, or around 0.0005% of the population..

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