Since most people carry their cell phones everywhere they go it is possible that the location data tracking could lead to the government knowing most intimate daily habits and movements of not only the person whose phone is being tracked but friends and family members whom the person had come into contact with throughout the day.
National Security Agency
The government’s stance from the beginning has been that the broad collection of data is needed to find unknown terrorist operatives in the United States. It is still unclear how much scope the NSA program actually has over the data it has collected from billions of homes across the nation.
The claim is that most of them were unintended and made because of human error or oversight.
Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), one of the principal authors of the Patriot Act which has given the N.S.A. its power to collect phone records and other data on American citizens, says that the Patriot Act was never meant to create a program that demands the phone records of every American. “The time has come to stop it,” he said.
“Who we call, how often we call them, and how long we speak shows the government what groups we belong to or associate with, which political issues concern us, and our religious affiliation. Exposing this information –especially in a massive, untargeted way over a long period of time– violates the Constitution and the basic First Amendment tests that have been in place for over 50 years.”