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Stanford Researcher Proves NSA Can Probably Identify Individuals From Phone Records

Posted on December 26th, 2013 at 18:47 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy -- Write a comment


The National Security Agency likes to claim that intelligence officers are only collecting the phone records of millions of Americans, safely omitting their actual names from analysis. But a Stanford researcher, Jonathan Mayer, found that he and his co-author could easily match so-called “meta-data” to individual names with little more than a Google search.

“If a few academic researchers can get this far this quickly, it’s difficult to believe the NSA would have any trouble identifying the overwhelming majority of American phone numbers,” they wrote.

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