The National Security Agency is looking at more than just our Google searches,
emails and text messages.
The NSA also tracks the location data from hundreds of millions of mobile phones around the world, largley by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally, according to the Washington Post.
In all the agency collects and stores five billion call records a day, the Post reported.
This latest leak comes from documents provided by leaker Edward Snowden as well as interviews with US intelligence officials. Clearly, the revelation has some disturbing implications.
Hide your kids, hide your phones, they’re tracking everybody out here The location data that the NSA is said to collect allows the agency to track people’s movements and map out their relationships in ways never before seen.
Since phone users’ location data is “metadata” that’s collected “incidentally,”
it’s not considered to be protected by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.
The amendment is meant to guard against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires warrants to be sanctioned by a judge and supported by probable clause.
What’s more, officials reportedly claimed that the bulk of location tracking occurs outside the US.
US officials said that the location data collection programs the NSA uses are within the organization’s legal rights, and that they’re “intended strictly to develop intelligence about foreign targets.”
A bigger boat But the NSA is collecting so much location data that it’s reportedly spent the last year and a half upgrading its systems to provide greater storage capacity (its database is rumored to be around 17 terabytes already).
The agency apparently needs to collect data on a planetary scale for its algorithms to be able to accurately track targets’ relationships.
The report claimed the data is collected with the help of corporations around the world that are referred to in internal NSA documents by awesome codenames like “ARTIFICE” and “WOLFPOINT.”
Did the Washington Post just leak the plot of the next Bond movie, or are things really this bad?
* The NSA said earlier this year that it analyzes only a teeny bit of daily global internet traffic.
Google Search for Android has been updated today, making sifting through search results easier when the content you want is locked away in an app.
“Starting today, Google can save you the digging for information in the dozens of apps you use every day, and get you right where you need to go in those apps with a single search,” wrote Scott Huffman, Google VP of Engineering.
Racking your brain to figure out the name of “that holiday movie with James Stewart in it?” Searching for exactly that will bring up results for “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
This includes a search result for movie database IMDB, which features a convenient “Open in app” button.
There’s an app for that, and here it is Even better, when you don’t have a particular app and it’s relevant to your search, the results will include a Google Play price button on the page.
If it’s a free app, it’ll just say free, and if it costs money, it’ll spell out the price. This leads to either the company’s app store in the Google Play store app or goes through its Chrome browser, your choice.
Compatibility rolling out So far, Google’s new app-infused search results functionality is compatible with 12 other well-known apps including Allthecooks, Etsy, Expedia, OpenTable and Wikipedia.
However, it’s only available in the US and on devices with the language set to English and running Android 2.3 or higher.
We asked Google when it’ll arrive in the UK and Australia, and we’ll update this story as soon as we receive a reply. Seeing how video and music content aren’t a factor, hopefully that answer is “soon.”
The company also warned that it might not work right away after downloading one of the compatible apps, as the results can take a day or two to show up for the first time.
These are small prices to pay for the convenience of not having to search for something and then close the browser to open the app, and go back again all of the time.
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