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Surveillance is the monitoring of behavior, activities, or information for the purpose of information gathering, influencing, managing or directing. This can include observation from a distance by means of electronic equipment, such as closed-circuit television (CCTV), or interception of electronically transmitted information, such as Internet traffic. It can also include simple technical methods, such as human intelligence gathering and postal interception.


  1. Close observation of an individual or group, especially one under suspicion
  2. Continuous monitoring of disease occurrence for example
  3. military:Systematic observation of places and people by visual, aural, electronic, photographic or other means.
  4. law:In Criminal law, an investigation process by which police gather evidence about crimes, or suspected crime, through continued observation of persons or places.

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