Big Brother is watching. Yes, that classic Orwellian-inspired line has probably been uttered more than a few times – often followed with a smirk or laughter. But is the government watching you?

Conspiracy theorists and your neighbor who wears that tinfoil hat and keeps the drapes tightly shut would have you believe this is the case.

Whether you walk down a busy city sidewalk, use public transit, ‘google’ something on your smartphone or get your passport renewed, there are numerous opportunities for personal information to be gathered by big brother. As you’ll see, some methods of spying are pretty well known but there are a few that may surprise you.

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