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.
A new government report found that the Border Patrol took money set aside for migrant medical expenses and bought ATVs, boats, and a new air conditioning system.
The expo features a 'Sharpshooter Classic' shooting competition and hundreds of companies trying to get huge government contracts to militarize the border.
Thirty-five members of Congress signed the strongly worded letter sent to the heads of the FBI, DEA, CBP, and National Guard Bureau.
The military-grade Predator B drone was far outside the 100-mile operational zone of Customs and Border Protection.