Cellphone Location Tracking
The American Data Privacy and Protection Act is designed to give Americans more privacy protections. But it might have the side effect of undermining fines proposed in response to a massive location data scandal.
SafeGraph sells smartphone location data to essentially anyone. Google banned the company in June.
Anomaly 6 is run by ex-military and location industry veterans.
Predicio is linked to a supply chain of data involving Venntel, which sells location data to ICE. Google's move comes after a Motherboard investigation.
Five more apps, including Qibla Compass, which has over 5 million downloads, had a relationship with X-Mode according to technical tests.
X-Mode collected data from Muslim Pro and other apps.
The move comes after Motherboard’s investigation into how X-Mode gathered data from a hugely popular Muslim app.
The DEA cancelled its contract with Venntel, which obtains granular location data from ordinary apps and sells access to law enforcement agencies.
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 IRS used smartphone location data from a contractor to try to track Americans without a warrant.
The data comes from hundreds of ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones around the world.