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What surveillance can uncover about you

Americans’ daily routines tracked like never before

WASHINGTON — You wake up in the morning and reach for your cellphone to read e-mail messages. You post your day’s plans to Facebook, call a friend, and search for the address of a lunch spot. You drive on streets tracked by security cameras, and your cellphone emits signals providing your location.

All of that information, including the credit card payment for the lunch itself, could theoretically be gathered, sorted, and reviewed by the federal government.

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