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    NSA Tracks Cellphones Worldwide

    FILE - This Sept. 19, 2007, file photo, shows the National Security Agency building at Fort Meade, Md.  The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Cailf., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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    Is no phone sacred anymore? According to documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden and interviews the Washington Post conducted with U.S. intelligence officials, the NSA is gathering almost 5 billion records a day on the locations of cellphones worldwide. The information is supposed to allow the agency to track the movements of individuals and map their relationships. Americans’ cellphones are not targeted “by design,” but one anonymous NSA agent said “vast volumes” of data are collected by tapping into the cables that connect cellphone networks around the world and which serve both U.S. phones and foreign ones. On top of that, data is often collected from Americans who travel abroad with their cellphones.

    Read it at The Washington Post