The Technology 202: ACLU sues DHS over purchase of cellphone location data used to track immigrants

It’s critical we uncover how federal agencies are accessing bulk databases of Americans’ location data and why,” Nathan Freed Wessler, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said in a statement. “There can be no accountability without transparency.

Senate Democrats, such as privacy advocate Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), had written a letter to DHS asking for more information on how such data was being used. On Wednesday morning, they disclosed that the department’s inspector general would take up the matter.

“If federal agencies are tracking American citizens without warrants, the public deserves answers and accountability,” Wyden said in a statement. “I won’t accept anything less than a thorough and swift inspector general investigation that sheds light on CBP’s phone location data surveillance program.”

The lawsuit highlights how the explosion of private-sector data and location-tracking services can be leveraged by the government. 

Government agencies typically

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The impact of COVID-19 on Indoor Location Software Market 2026 Global Size, Key Companies, Trends, Growth and Regional Forecasts Research

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Internet sleuths reveal secret location of mysterious Utah monolith

a close up of a rock: An object dubbed the 'Utah monolith' is shown near Moab, Utah, in this image posted online Nov. 26, 2020.

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An object dubbed the ‘Utah monolith’ is shown near Moab, Utah, in this image posted online Nov. 26, 2020.

It took about a week for the so-called internet “hive mind” to find a mysterious monolith in the Utah desert, despite state officials’ efforts to keep the location a secret.

The Utah Bureau of Land Management is now trying — and failing — to discourage people from visiting the massive slab of metal, amid speculation that it’s a piece of art, an alien relic or a simple tribute to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Utah government employees found the roughly three metre-tall object in the state’s southern desert earlier this month, during a sheep-counting mission aboard a helicopter.

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Officials shared photos and videos of the mysterious object online, sparking a flurry of viral

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US military bought location data mined from Muslim prayer app: report

  • The US military purchases location data mined from seemingly ordinary apps on peoples’ smartphones, public procurement records show.
  • One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice’s Motherboard.
  • Apps like Muslim Pro — as well as other apps for exercise, weather tracking, and browsing Craigslist — sell people’s location data to third party brokers, which in turn sell the data to clients like the US military and military contractors.
  • The US has previously used location data harvested from smartphones in order to plan and carry out drone strikes.
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Muslim Pro, a prayer app with over 98 million downloads, reminds users about daily prayers and provides readings from the Quran. The company calls it “The most popular Muslim app.” 

It also tracks users’ location

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