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Paul Lewis reports:

The head of the National Security Agency has admitted to secret pilot programs to monitor the precise location of Americans through their cellphones, saying the highly intrusive tracking data “may be something that is a future requirement for the country”.

General Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, said that the pilot programs from 2010 and 2011 were intended to test the compatibility of the location data with the agency’s databases, but were not used for any intelligence analysis purposes.

Read more on The Guardian.

Who were the guinea pigs for this “pilot program?” And did they consent to being tracked this way? If not, where was the legal justification or warrant that permitted this?

Anyone know?

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