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Exclusive: Widespread cell phone location snooping by NSA?

A recent article in the London Review of Books revealed that a number of private companies now sell off-the-shelf data-mining solutions to government spies interested in analyzing mobile-phone calling records and real-time location information. These companies include ThorpeGlen, VASTech, Kommlabs, and Aqsacom–all of which sell “passive probing” data-mining services to governments around the world.

ThorpeGlen, a U.K.-based firm, offers intelligence analysts a graphical interface to the company’s mobile-phone location and call-record data-mining software. Want to determine a suspect’s “community of interest“? Easy. Want to learn if a single person is swapping SIM cards or throwing away phones (yet still hanging out in the same physical location)? No problem.

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October 26, 2008 - Posted by | cellular phone, eavesdrop, English, espionage, illegal, phone tap, privacy, security, spy, surveillance

1 Comment »

  1. Where do we draw the line on the legitimate interest of government bodies and intrusion or civil liberty abuses?

    Comment by Stop it Now! | November 3, 2008 | Reply


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