The Associated Press reports on new Washington Post revelations that Americans who travel abroad are among the 5 billion cell phone users tracked by location on a daily basis by the NSA. The data is inadvertently gathered when the NSA taps into worldwide mobile network cables but it results in the agency’s ability to track and map a cell phone user’s travels anywhere in the world and determine their personal relationships based on phone use patterns. As it has after earlier revelations, the ACLU warned that the unbridled snooping powers of the NSA puts all American’s privacy at risk.

"The government should be targeting its surveillance at those suspected of wrongdoing, not assembling massive associational databases that by their very nature record the movements of a huge number of innocent people," said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

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