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A new report reveals the National Security Agency is tracking billions of cellphones’ location data around the world, confirming the fears of privacy advocates that such information could be used to map relationships among people based on their movements.

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The Washington Post reported Wednesday that top-secret documents leaked by admitted whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA collects 5 billion records each day on cellphones worldwide. Although the agency is only legally allowed to target international cellphones without a warrant, it “incidentally” is getting its hands on domestic data as well. Data collected also includes that of Americans who travel abroad, the Post reported of an NSA official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

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