Here’s how the NSA tracks 5 billion cellphones everyday

Surprise surprise. Edward Snowden isn’t done releasing information on how the NSA is encroaching on our privacy, literally everyday. In a report from the Washington Post, the National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.

As we know, the NSA has been hard at work this year, gathering the private information of individuals in their overarching programs and databases all in the name of “national security.” The long arm of the NSA doesn’t just stop at Internet hacking or cellphone conversation eavesdropping, but also includes tracking cellphone locations, so they know the whereabouts of individuals. Just how do they do it? The Washington Post provided a helpful graphic on how the NSA uses cell phone towers to track their targets.