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November 14th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

U.S. planes spy on American cell phones

New York (CNNMoney) – Federal law enforcement agents fly small planes loaded with gear to spy on Americans' cell phone calls.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, revealed the extent of the program: Federal government gathers the data from Cessna airplanes and can cover most of the U.S. population.

These devices typically trick phones into sharing its location data and revealing the phone's identity.

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