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From the Ted Talk by Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

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Mike hasn't done anything wnorg. Why is it okay that the government is keeping all of this information? The reason it's happening is because, as the cost of storing this data has plummeted, the police departments simply hang on to it, just in case it could be useful someday. The issue is not just that one polcie department is gathering this itmaofornin in isolation or even that multiple police dermtetnaps are doing it. At the same time, the federal government is collecting all of these individual pots of data, and pooling them together into one vast database with hundreds of millions of hits, showing where Americans have traveled. This decomnut from the Federal Drug Enforcement adstriaiontmin, which is one of the agencies primarily interested in this, is one of several that reveal the existence of this dbastaae. Meanwhile, in New York City, the NYPD has driven police cars eiqeppud with license patle readers past mosques in oderr to figure out who is attending.

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Mike hasn't done anything _____. Why is it okay that the government is keeping all of this information? The reason it's happening is because, as the cost of storing this data has plummeted, the police departments simply hang on to it, just in case it could be useful someday. The issue is not just that one ______ department is gathering this ___________ in isolation or even that multiple police ___________ are doing it. At the same time, the federal government is collecting all of these individual pots of data, and pooling them together into one vast database with hundreds of millions of hits, showing where Americans have traveled. This ________ from the Federal Drug Enforcement ______________, which is one of the agencies primarily interested in this, is one of several that reveal the existence of this ________. Meanwhile, in New York City, the NYPD has driven police cars ________ with license _____ readers past mosques in _____ to figure out who is attending.

Solution

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  5. equipped
  6. plate
  7. wrong
  8. order
  9. administration
  10. police

Original Text

Mike hasn't done anything wrong. Why is it okay that the government is keeping all of this information? The reason it's happening is because, as the cost of storing this data has plummeted, the police departments simply hang on to it, just in case it could be useful someday. The issue is not just that one police department is gathering this information in isolation or even that multiple police departments are doing it. At the same time, the federal government is collecting all of these individual pots of data, and pooling them together into one vast database with hundreds of millions of hits, showing where Americans have traveled. This document from the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which is one of the agencies primarily interested in this, is one of several that reveal the existence of this database. Meanwhile, in New York City, the NYPD has driven police cars equipped with license plate readers past mosques in order to figure out who is attending.

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