USA-NSA: New documents show how the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data


"Everyone who carries a cellphone generates a trail of electronic breadcrumbs that records everywhere they go. Those breadcrumbs reveal a wealth of information about who we are, where we live, who our friends are and much more. And as we reported last week, the National Security Agency is collecting location information in bulk — 5 billion records per day worldwide — and using sophisticated algorithms to assist with U.S. intelligence-gathering operations."

See the article: New documents show how the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data (Washington Poost, link)

Also see: Cotraveler document (pdf)

And: "In the view of the NSA, signals intelligence, or electronic eavesdropping, was a matter of life and death, “without which America would cease to exist as we know it,” according to an internal presentation" (Washington Post): NSA/CSS Mission: Provide and Protect vital information for the nation (dated 24-2-08, pdf)

 

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