He knows when you’ve been sleeping. He knows when you’re away. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake. Apparently, Santa Clause works for the NSA. He also knows who you associate with. And where you are.
This story from the Washington Post (after the jump) tells how the National Security Administration uses massive data from cell phones to not only track suspected terrorists but to identify other suspected terrorists based on the numbers they frequently call. They can also use cell phone data to determine where these people are at any given time! (Combine that with drone technology. . . .)
The information about what the NSA is capable of doing with cell phone data is fascinating. You can see how it is a potent anti-terrorism tool. But imagine how a government could use this technology to trace, say, a dissident political network. [Read more...]