U.S. plans massive data sweep

The U.S. government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far flung information from blogs and email 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. USATODAY.com - U.S. plans massive data sweep

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