According to the memo, the DIA has gotten their hands on American smartphone location data via this loophole method five times in the last two and a half years. Besides the DIA, the IRS has also admitted to doing the same thing.
Reminder: The Fourth Amendment is not for SaleSenator Wyden’s efforts to make the government follow its own rules when it comes to protecting the civil liberties of its citizens are commendable. He has previously also gotten the Director of National Intelligence to admit that the Patriot Act has been used to spy on web browsing history . To close this loophole and make sure that Americans are protected from illegal search and seizure of their smartphone location data, Senator Ron Wyden is planning a renewed push for his The Fourth Amendment is not for Sale Act . The name speaks for itself and hopefully our constitutional rights will finally catch up with technology.
ACLU senior attorney Ashley Gorski said in a statement of support to The Hill for the Act: “The government cannot simply buy our private data in order to bypass bedrock constitutional protections. Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source.”