U.S. Justice Department collecting data from cell phones

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An agency of the U.S. Justice Department is gathering information from thousands of cell phones.

And it’s not just targeting suspected criminals.  It’s getting data from innocent Americans as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. Marshals Service program uses fake communications towers on Cessna planes.

The planes routinely fly from at least five major airports and can collect information from tens of thousands of phones in a single flight.

The Justice Department would not confirm or deny the program’s existence.

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