NSA gathers 5 billion phone records a day

Molly Wood Dec 5, 2013

A new report from The Washington Post says that the National Security Agency is collecting almost 5 billion cellphone records daily from around the world — meaning the NSA is tracking individuals movements in ways previously unknown. And unlike online activity, which can be encrypted, cell location data is harder to hide. Security researcher Ashkan Soltani co-wrote the story, and tells Marketplace Tech about this latest disclosure from the Edward Snowden documents.

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