NSA Cellphone Location Tracking Is Legal, Officials Say

Law360, New York (December 6, 2013, 5:40 PM EST) -- The NSA’s data-gathering activities on global cellphone locations is authorized by a decades-old executive order that allows the U.S. to obtain intelligence pertaining to foreign security threats, U.S. government officials said Friday.

Executive order 12333, signed in 1981, allows the U.S. to gather such geolocation data, intelligence officials said Friday in response to a Wednesday report by the Washington Post citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The documents indicated that the NSA collects some 5 billion records daily on cellphone locations around the...
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