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Intelligence Agency Considers Geo Surveillance

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 29, 2011

The National Security Agency (NSA) is considering surveilling U.S. citizens by intercepting mobile device location data, InformationWeek Government reports. The agency is now determining whether it has the legal right to do so, according to NSA general counsel Matthew Olsen. U.S. law prevents intelligence agencies from spying on U.S. citizens within U.S. borders. But at a Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing this week, Olsen said he believes there are "certain circumstances where that authority may exist." 
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