Cellphone Location Data
X-Mode collected data from Muslim Pro and other apps.
Salaat First has more than ten million downloads and sold location data to Predicio, which is linked to a U.S. contractor which works with ICE.
New documents show how Venntel, which sells some of its location data to ICE, CBP, and the FBI, obtains the information from ordinary apps.
Motherboard obtained IRS documents describing the sale of a database of smartphone movements.
The CBP is buying location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones.
A unit of the IRS previously bought access to location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones to try and identify individuals.
'It’s just a question of, one, is it ethical, and two, does that open up the information to being released elsewhere?,' a former Venntel worker told Motherboard.
On Friday, members of a committee urged Ajit Pai’s FCC to provide details on its investigation into how phone carriers sold location data to bounty hunters.
Due to the contract fine print, AT&T says customers must instead deal with the company privately rather than in court.
The lawsuit, which comes after multiple Motherboard investigations into phone location data selling, is seeking an injunction against AT&T which would try to enforce the deletion of any sold data.
TeleSign’s advertisement highlights how the sale of phone location data is not restricted just to the United States.
The demands are the latest move to pressure telecom companies, who said they would stop the sale of location data to third parties after Motherboard’s coverage.