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 December 3, 2011  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

A new government-funded computer program that can scan 250 million digital communications a day has privacy advocates concerned that the government could soon be monitoring every email sent in the US.

The program PRODIGAL — the Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning — is a newly revealed research project that can read approximately a quarter billion emails, texts, and instant messages a day.

“Every time someone logs on or off, sends an email or text, touches a file or plugs in a USB key, these records are collected within the organization,” David Bader, a professor at the Georgia Tech School of Computational Science and Engineering and a principal investigator on the project, told

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