N.S.A. Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations


As it turns out, one of the biggest “scares” of NSA’s power over our electronic data — targeting people through cell phone locations — was already launched and scrapped. TheĀ New York Times reported that a pilot project to track cell phone locations was enacted in 2010 and 2011 to test the group’s ability to handle data, but officials say no information gathered was used for intelligence purposes. The government is no longer tracking locations under the Patriot Act, but the mere existence of this project shows yet again just how much the NSA was hiding from the public.