Customs and Border Protection
The D.C. police department is expecting protests and unrest, and spent about $130,000 on tear gas and other “less-lethal” munitions to prepare.
The CBP is buying location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones.
New documents obtained by Motherboard provide more detail on what exactly location data firms are selling to the U.S. government.
Records obtained by VICE News show police in Pearland, Texas, invited federal agents to surveil Floyd's burial and authorized them to open fire in the event of unrest.
A unit of the IRS previously bought access to location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples’ phones to try and identify individuals.
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.
'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.
An internal Secret Service document describes the purchase of Locate X, a product that uses location data harvested from ordinary apps.
The move by CBP continues the trend of law enforcement buying access to data rather than gathering it themselves.
The military-grade Predator B drone was far outside the 100-mile operational zone of Customs and Border Protection.
The aircraft flight data is a reminder that CBP does not only fly drones along the border.
The American citizen was on official military business and told Motherboard they believe they were questioned because of their Iranian heritage.