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.
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 IRS used smartphone location data from a contractor to try to track Americans without a warrant.
New documents obtained by Motherboard provide more detail on what exactly location data firms are selling to the U.S. government.
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.