The Pentagon Canceled a Mysterious ‘LifeLog’ Tracker Days Before Facebook Was Founded


Now forgotten, LifeLog was dreamed up by DARPA, an agency inside the Department of Defense. Documents show LifeLog’s goal was to collect data on everywhere a person goes, and everything they see, say and do. Information was going to be aggregated in a timeline — LifeLog would then identify “patterns” to understand your routines and interests.

At the same time, DARPA’s Information Awareness Office was working on a program called “Total Information Awareness.” The ACLU called this “the closest thing to a true Big Brother” because it sought to be a virtual dragnet by collecting credit card purchases, browsing history, fingerprints and even DNA.

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