NYT: The NSA Tested Out a Plan To Collect Tons of Phone Location DataEric Limer10/02/13 11:19amFiled to: NSASPyingSurvelliencephoneslocation datametadatagps121EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAccording to a report by the New York Times, the NSA tested a system to collect location data from American cellphones in bulk back in 2010 and 2011, before ultimately tabling any plans to roll it out. For now, anyway. AdvertisementInformation about the project was declassified by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, but it hasn't been made public quite yet. The Times managed to get ahold of the draft answer that Clapper would give, though, if asked about the project during a Senate Judiciary Committee today. It reads, in part, like this: In 2010 and 2011 N.S.A. received samples in order to test the ability of its systems to handle the data format, but that data was not used for any other purpose and was never available for intelligence analysis purposes.Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act—the same piece of law that lets the NSA scoop up other phone metadata—this is completely kosher, but the NSA maintains that it's not currently doing it, and would notify Congress before it started.