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US government wants to use machines to constantly monitor up to 5 million employees

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Mar
2014

The system would reportedly tap into a wide variety of government databases — including military records, licenses, and local law enforcement reports — and reach out to private credit agencies as well to allow workers behaviors to be continuously analyzed for anything unusual. The AP says that the system will monitor many of the 5 million federal employees with security clearances, though its not made clear if this will include government contractors as well. Thats a particularly major sticking point, as the system is ostensibly a clear response to the leaks from Edward Snowden, who caused a wave of criticism from lawmakers and the intelligence community regarding the extent to which a government contractor was able to gain access to classified documents, and the Navy Yard shooting by a contractor in September. The monitoring system may launch at select government agencies this September and be operational at all agencies by September 2016, according to the AP.

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