Monday, June 17, 2013

NSA CAN track you by your phone

Amid uproar on the privacy concerns by individuals after the whistleblower's revelation about NSA, there is yet another jolt for cellphone users in USA, and may be around the world.

Officials from the National Security Agency (NSA) have confirmed that the agency has the ability to track the location of any phone in the US, but said that it voluntarily chooses not to do so.

According to NSA officials – who spoke to the WSJ anonymously – the agency doesn't bother tracking people via their mobile phones because such data "doesn't provide sufficient intelligence value" to justify the resources that would be needed to do so.

The agency further reiterated its claim that the program revealed in the Verizon court order is limited in scope, saying that it must be reviewed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court every 90 days, and that all data from it must be destroyed after five years. 

( via The Register )
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