Lawmakers Grill NSA Official Over Cellphone Tracking

Law360, New York (July 26, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT) -- A National Security Agency official nominated to become the county's next counterterrorism chief told a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday that the government may have the authority to use cellular data to track the location of Americans inside the country.

Matthew Olsen was responding to inquiries by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Olsen's confirmation as head of the National Counterterrorism Center. Wyden repeatedly raised the question of whether government agencies have the authority to use “cell site” data to track...
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