HADLEY, Mass (WWLP) - The federal government recently admitted to tracking people's cell phones. Some people told 22News it's an invasion of privacy, while others think it's a form of national security.
The head of the nation's National Security Agency admitted to Congress that they've been tracking people's cell phone locations.
It's not clear how many cell phones were tracked, but the NSA said they wanted to see if it was "technically possible" to gather U.S. cell-cite data.
The head of the NSA also admitted to Congress that they've been collecting data from social media websites, but they say they're using it to hunt down foreign terror suspects, not to create a file on law abiding Americans.
Still, some people told 22News they feel violated. "I feel it's an invasion of privacy. I don't think they need to come in and monitor the computers and phones and everything and TV's even," said Devon Clark of Heath.
However, others told 22News they don't have anything to hide, so they don't feel they need to worry. Roger Hughs of Greenfield said, "Not really because I don't put anything on my cell phone that's going to convict me anyways of anything."
Matthew Lask, of Monroe, New York, said, "They're kind of looking out for us. I don't think they are specifically looking at me. I don't think I'm causing any problems so I'm not too worried."
James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence had this to say: "We only work within the law. On occasion, we've made mistakes, some quite significant. Whenever we've found such mistakes, we've reported, addressed and corrected them."
Congress says their considering changing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which some think gives the NSA too much freedom to gather U.S. phone and internet data.