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(USA TODAY) -- As President Obama flew to Phoenix for a housing speech, some top White House aides spoke with guests about another pressing issue: Privacy.
Amid concerns about National Security Agency programs and other uses of technology, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other officials met Tuesday with more than a dozen privacy advocates.
It's the latest in a series of meetings that President Obama authorized in response to questions about the NSA programs and other privacy issues.
Sascha Meinrath, vice president of the New America Foundation and director of its Open Technology Institute, declined to discuss the meeting in detail, but said concerns were expressed.
Thanks to the ever-increasing capabilities of technology, law enforcement, and national security, "we're looking at a dystopian trajectory," Meinrath said.
"We've lost the faith of the general public around guarding our privacy," Meinrath said.
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was among the administration officials who met with privacy advocates.
Meinrath said the government should be more transparent about NSA surveillance and other law enforcement techniques -- "it's clear there are more shoes yet to drop" -- and also try to build in more safeguards.
"Without restoring the trust of its citizens and changing current perceptions, the government cannot move forward," Meinrath said.