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NSA collects data from millions of cellphones worldwide

Jaikumar Vijayan | Dec. 6, 2013
Program seeks to identify individuals who communicate with tagets of NSA surveillance, report says

Though the NSA does not collect location data on Americans by design, in reality the agency ends up collecting metadata, including detailed location information, on potentially millions of Americans, the Post report said.

U.S. intelligence officials told the newspaper that the cell phone data collection program i legal and aims only to acquire information about foreign intelligence targets. No U.S. intelligence agency deliberately collects bulk information from cellphones in the United States, agency officials claimed.

An NSA spokeswoman on Wednesday declined a Computerworld request for comment on the report.


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