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The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.
The system - parts of which are operational, parts of which are still under development - is already credited with helping to foil some plots. It is the federal government's latest attempt to use broad data-collection and powerful analysis in the fight against terrorism. But by delving deeply into the digital minutiae of American life, the program is also raising concerns that the government is intruding too deeply into citizens' privacy.
Originally posted by brill
..Best thing to do is avoid any type of paper or electronic trail. I try to buy everything with cash and avoid giving out any type of personal information..
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Hmm... yeah, I don't know how they would determine “patterns of terrorist activity” from normal everyday well informed people. I look up a lot of topics concerning politics, government, terrorism and the military. I would have a real laugh if the FBI showed up in my door.