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In this June 27, 2012 file photo, Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. The Washington Post and The Guardian reported Thursday, June 6, 2013, the existence of a program used by the NSA and FBI that scours the nation's main Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, emails, documents and connection logs to help analysts track a person's movements and contacts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother?'

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By Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.

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