We remember it clearly. Back in June, when the first NSA leaks emerged, we learned that the agency was collecting, en masse, the "metadata" from Americans' cell phones. What "metadata" entailed was not completely clear, but it was generally understood to include incoming and outgoing call records, but not, definitely not, geolocation data, which the agency claimed that it "chos[e] not to," gather reports The Wall Street Journal.
Six months later, we'd heard testimony that the agency did collect such data domestically, though only as a pilot program. And this week, in another leak, we learned that the agency did collect such data abroad, which "incidentally" swept up domestic users' data as well, reports The Washington Post.
Plus, despite new denials, training materials indicate that domestic tracking has been at least contemplated, if not carried out.