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Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:08 AM

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

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Source: Washington Post

The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.

The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.

The NSA does not target Americans’ location data by design, but the agency acquires a substantial amount of information on the whereabouts of domestic cellphones “incidentally,” a legal term that connotes a foreseeable but not deliberate result.

One senior collection manager, speaking on the condition of anonymity but with permission from the NSA, said “we are getting vast volumes” of location data from around the world by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally and that serve U.S. cellphones as well as foreign ones. Additionally, data are often collected from the tens of millions of Americans who travel abroad with their cellphones every year.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-tracking-cellphone-locations-worldwide-snowden-documents-show/2013/12/04/5492873a-5cf2-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_story.html?hpid=z1



Someone please find the link where the administration lied or obfuscated about tracking locations, I've got to run.

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:22 AM

1. And this would be why

 

my Android now sits in my apartment locked in a metal box 24x7. Went back to using landlines exclusively. Screw those bastards at the NSA!!!

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:46 AM

2. Duplicate - posted earlier

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:52 AM

3. Locking duplicate.

Please continue discussion here.

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