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a tapping we will go
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 10:27:01 -0400

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From: "Lin, Herb" <HLin () nas edu>
Date: September 9, 2008 9:41:21 AM EDT
To: <dave () farber net>
Subject: Of interest to IP?

September 8, 2008 7:54 AM PDT
Exclusive: Widespread cell phone location snooping by NSA?
If you thought that the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping was limited to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, think again.

While these household names of the telecom industry almost certainly helped the government to illegally snoop on their customers, statements by a number of legal experts suggest that collaboration with the NSA may run far deeper into the wireless phone industry. With over 3,000 wireless companies operating in the United States, the majority of industry-aided snooping likely occurs under the radar, with the dirty-work being handled by companies that most consumers have never heard of.


Herb Lin, Chief Scientist
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
The National Academies
(202) 334-3191 voice || (202) 334-2318 fax || hlin () nas edu
www.cstb.org || Where the nation turns for independent and informed assessments of computing, communications, and public policy

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