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The NSA Could Collect Far More Than Your Phone Records

Working on a cell phone tower in Bangkok, Thailand
Working on a cell phone tower in Bangkok, ThailandPhotograph by Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo

The revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting our phone records has generated considerable outrage, but phone call metadata is just the beginning of what our nation’s spooks could gather from our mobile carriers if they put their minds and resources to the task.

The carriers don’t just know whom we are calling, when, and where. They have the infrastructure in place that allows them to track the websites we visit and the applications we use on our phones and tablets.