NSA Said To Collect 5 Billion Phone Location Reports Daily

Since National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden released the initial documents taken from NSA files, the world has known that the U.S. spy agency is collecting data on millions of people. The true extent of that spying is still unknown but a new report suggests the NSA may be collecting 5 billion records of cellphone location data each day.

The cell phones targeted by the NSA belong primarily to foreigners, however phones belonging to American citizens that are traveling overseas have also been tracked. This sort of spying on American citizens has been hinted at in the past, and with this latest report published in The Washington Post, it is becoming difficult for the NSA to deny that it spies on Americans in the same way that it spies on foreign citizens around the world.

Almost any Cellphone

If this number is accurate, the NSA is tracking hundreds of millions of people around the world. The agency uses a program called CO-TRAVELER in order to not only track individual people but to build connections based upon where the phones end up throughout the day.

The news on location tracking comes as individuals and giant tech companies are trying to fight back against the NSA by encrypting their data and Internet traffic. It was only a few weeks ago that it was revealed that the NSA had likely tapped into fiber optic lines running between Google and Microsoft data centers in order to collect data.

Not Terrorists

Following the release of the first Snowden documents, American citizens, companies, and privacy groups have complained that the NSA is not using this data solely to protect the world from terrorism.

Not only is the NSA collecting data on people who are not terrorists, but the agency appears to be collecting so much data that...

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