New procurement records show that CBP is using Wickr across "all components" of the agency.
Motherboard has found procurement records detailing Wickr's first public U.S. law enforcement contract.
The documents provide more insight into the dynamics between DHS and airlines, which are increasingly deploying biometric boarding at their gates.
The DEA cancelled its contract with Venntel, which obtains granular location data from ordinary apps and sells access to law enforcement agencies.
The CBP is buying location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones.
The move comes after Motherboard found various agencies flying surveillance aircraft over protesting cities.
Facial recognition images taken at border crossings can be repurposed by government agencies and private companies, threatening human rights, the report warns.
New documents obtained by Motherboard provide more detail on what exactly location data firms are selling to the U.S. government.
Traveler’s faces, license plates, and care information were hacked from a subcontractor called Perceptics and released on the dark web.
A map and files obtained by Motherboard show Customs and Border Protection bought access to a license plate reader database that can locate vehicles far from the border region.
The US border agency will be able to sift through data extracted from travelers' laptops and cellphones for up to 75 years.
The move by CBP continues the trend of law enforcement buying access to data rather than gathering it themselves.