Again and again, I find myself reading an article on new revelation about the surveillance activity carried out by National Security Agency.
In fact, the Washington Post spills the bean again. According to documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, which were provided by Edward Snowden, the NSA is gathering (“incidentally” as stated by U.S. officials) nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.
U.S. officials said the programs that collect and analyze location data are lawful and “there is no element of the intelligence community that under any authority is intentionally collecting bulk cellphone location information about cellphones in the United States”, as Robert Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, stated.
Well, it is out of doubt that these programs clearly enable the agency to track the movements of individuals and map their relationships with a massive impact on privacy. In fact, location data, especially when aggregated over time, are widely regarded as sensitive.
Personally I think they have gone way too far. What will be the next revelation? I would not be shocked if one day we find out that bugs have been placed in our houses.