Through apps, not warrants,‘Locate X’ allows U.S. FEDS to track phones

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "U.S. law enforcement agencies signed millions of dollars worth of contracts with a Virginia company after it rolled out a powerful tool that uses data from popular mobile apps to track the movement of people's cell phones...

    The product, called Locate X and sold by Babel Street, allows investigators to draw a digital fence around an address or area, pinpoint mobile devices that were within that area, and see where else those devices have traveled, going back months...

    Babel Street has kept Locate X a secret..."

    https://www.protocol.com/government-buying-location-data
     
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  3. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Hey. No phone, no problem. Or at least, just a dumb phone.
     
  4. deBoetie

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    What a weird construction of anonymity. They take consumer privacy so seriously they'll take a lot of money for it, and required complete secrecy about it all.

    Talking of construction, there would NEVER be any parallel construction going on here, and never misleading courts as to how evidence had come about. Honest.
     
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    Secret Service Has Been Buying Phone Location Data From Apps
    August 18, 2020
    https://wccftech.com/secret-service-has-been-buying-phone-location-data-from-apps/
     
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