WSJ: NSA does not gather cellphone-location records despite authorization to do so

WSJ: NSA does not gather cellphone-location records despite authorization to do so
In what is quickly becoming a pesky topic that just won't go away, no less than the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday night that even though the NSA is legally authorized to collect information that can pinpoint the location of cellphone callers, it refuses to do so. The secret court order to Verizon that leaked and started this whole ball of wax required the nation's largest mobile carrier to turn over "comprehensive communications routing information," which includes the data revealing the location of all calls placed on Big Red's pipeline that is covered by the order.

The same request is made of AT&T and Sprint. T-Mobile is majority owned by a foreign company, Deutsche Telekom, which appears to preclude it from directly providing information, although calls carried by the carrier could still be part of the NSA's data once they travel over another operator's pipeline. Verizon Wireless is 45% owned by the U.K.'s Vodafone which apparently doesn't stop Big Red from turning over information directly to the NSA.

According to the Journal report, while the NSA does have the legal authority to grab location information from cellphone calls, it has decided not to. Information that could be received includes the nearest cellphone tower used to make or receive a call. While this information has been known to be used to place criminal suspects at certain locations to link them with a specific crime, the NSA says the data does not help them with the type of intelligence it conducts.


source: WSJ

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4 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And why should I believe the WSJ assertion that the NSA does not capture location data? Especially when the order that was leaked requires data to be provided "...which includes the data revealing the location of all calls placed on Big Red's pipeline that is covered by the order." What about the word 'location' does the WSJ not understand? If they are trying to say that the NSA told them they don't track location data, I have some lunar real estate I would love to sell them. I might have been born at night, but not last night. Jeez!?

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The WSJ has served as the government's schill before. They assisted in the crucifixtion of Wikileaks, Assange and Manning. Why should I believe them?

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Why should I believe them?" Because they are repeating a lie often in hopes it would be confused for the truth?

4. jibraihimi

Posts: 807; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

NSA sponsered article on WSJ........

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