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Report: NSA Accessing Phone Records

A German magazine is reporting that the National Security Agency has access to some citizens' cell phone records, but not all. Local 15's Taren Reed found out what the NSA is hoping to find.

The magazine reports that NSA officials are looking at contacts, texts, even location information.

German news weekly Der Spiegel says the NSA has set up teams dedicated to cracking each type of cell phone. It cited internal documetns and its British counterpart GCHQ. They say it's all to gain intelligence on potential threats, like terrorists.

Crews obtained information, including contacts, call lists, text traffic, notes and location information. However it's not on every single person. The magazine reports that the NSA is using the data to "eavesdrop on specific individuals."

No word on how Spiegel accessed the information. But it does say that it all started in 2009 after Blackberry changed the way it compressed data, making it tougher for the NSA to hack into the information.

So we asked you, how does it make you feel knowing that the NSA reportedly has the ability to hack into your personal cell phone data?

Brett said, "The government has been spying on its people for decades. It has just become way easier with technology."

Liz added, "Nothing surprises me. I have nothing to hide. If true, I hope they enjoy my text messages with my friends and family!" And Marcus seconds that saying, "I have nothing to hide."

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