Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

Mizelle states in his memo that there are ways for CBP and ICE to “minimize the risk” of possible constitutional violations, pointing out that they could limit their searches to defined periods, require supervisors to sign off on lengthy searches, only use the data when more “traditional” techniques fail, and limit the tracking of one device to when there is “individualized suspicion” or relevance to a “law enforcement investigation.”.

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

The IRS revealed to Senator Wyden’s office in June that the tax agency had bought a set of location data from a data broker known as Venntel.

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing is the search engine owned by Microsoft and data related to the mobile app for iOS and Android has been found in an open server.Nearly 100 million records had been collected by bad-actors by the time a second Meow attack hit the server on September 14.

Samsung Find My Mobile app can now locate Galaxy devices even when they're offline

Samsung Find My Mobile app can now locate Galaxy devices even when they're offline

The latest update for the Find My Mobile app (version 7.2.05.44) adds a new ‘Offline finding’ feature that will let you find your phone using someone else’s Galaxy device, even when your device isn’t connected to a network.

Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

Law enforcement agencies are required to get a warrant to obtain an individual's mobile phone location data, the Supreme Court ruled in 2018.

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

The sale highlights the issue of law enforcement agencies buying information, and in particular location data, that they would ordinarily need a warrant or court order to obtain.Other documents obtained as part of the same FOIA request detail the Secret Service's purchase of Babel Street's open source intelligence product.

What Are Stingrays and Dirtboxes?

What Are Stingrays and Dirtboxes?

But a security researcher named Roger Piqueras Jover found that the authentication on 4G doesn’t occur until after the phone has already revealed its IMSI number, which means that stingrays can still grab this data before the phone determines it’s not communicating with an authentic cell tower and switches to one that is authenticated.

Customs to Expand License Plate Reading Program Nationwide

Customs to Expand License Plate Reading Program Nationwide

Those databases contain information collected by “private businesses (e.g., parking garages), local governments (e.g., toll booth cameras), law enforcement agencies, and financial institutions via their contracted repossession companies,” the PIA states.“The LPR commercial aggregator services store, index, and sell access to the images, along with the time and location of the collection.

FBI Expands Ability to Monitor Social Media, Location Data

FBI Expands Ability to Monitor Social Media, Location Data

The federal law enforcement agency’s records show a growing focus on harnessing the latest private sector tools for mass surveillance, including recent contracts with companies that monitor social media posts and collect cellphone location data.

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Using data collected by the app, Postma was able to follow the movements of users military and intelligence personnel, typically through check-ins at bars or breweries near their workplaces—and even at a secret CIA base.

Understanding the Benefits and Downsides of Proxies

Understanding the Benefits and Downsides of Proxies

Proxies can be used to filter unwanted pages and prevent potentially accessing them by someone unaware that the website poses a threat.Proxy servers do not offer as much as a well-optimized internet browser or a great ISP provider, but they can still improve the overall browsing experience.

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

Provincial police spokesman Guy Lapointe told Montreal's La Presse on Friday that under the public health emergency, officers do not need a warrant signed by a judge to track people using geolocation.

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

Saudi Arabia appears to be exploiting weaknesses in the global mobile telecoms network to track its citizens as they travel around the US, according to a whistleblower who has shown the Guardian millions of alleged secret tracking requests.

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

But they urged the White House to implement a set of procedures to protect individual privacy: The federal government should aggregate or minimize data to what public health experts identify as necessary.

Avondale Man Sues After Google Data Leads to Wrongful Arrest for Murder

Avondale Man Sues After Google Data Leads to Wrongful Arrest for Murder

According to the lawsuit, police investigating the murder knew months before they arrested Molina that the location data obtained from Google often showed him in two places at once, and that he was not the only person who drove the Honda registered under his name.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost that it’s problematic if someone concerned about being located is opting to share information with a dating app in the first place.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

AT&T then falsely stated it had suspended Securus’ and other aggregators’ access to customer data, the plaintiffs say, but just a few days later, a Motherboard article reported the carrier was selling customers’ phone locations to car salesmen, bail bondsmen, landlords and bounty hunters for as little as $7.50.

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization.

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

The league claims that the app asks for permission to access the phone’s microphone and location, and that the data — which is received as a code, not audio — is only used to detect LaLiga streams.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters.

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

We’re heartened that the Massachusetts court took these issues seriously and made clear that the police must get a warrant, whether they access historical cell phone location data or whether they cause a phone to send its real-time location.

Impact of 5G on Location technology

Impact of 5G on Location technology

In the modern world, it means that 5G is stepping up, bringing entirely new techniques that improve and speed the location technology. The fifth generation of mobile connectivity brings everyone the chance to see the exact routes and up-to-date location information.

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

Yang, argues that when a U.S. Postal Service inspector used a commercial ALPR database to locate a suspected mail thief, it was a Fourth Amendment search that required a warrant.

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

Search warrant documents made public Tuesday show the FBI used highly secretive and controversial cellphone sweeping technology to zero-in on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer when agents raided his New York City home, hotel room and office last year.

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

The practice is ongoing according to the sources, and court documents and an audio recording obtained by Motherboard also detail a previously prosecuted case in which one debt collector tricked T-Mobile by fabricating cases of child kidnapping to convince the telco to hand over location data.

Reverse location search warrants: How police departments force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

Reverse location search warrants: How police departments force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

We always push back on overly broad requests to protect our users’ privacy.”] WRAL was able to uncover four instances in which the Raleigh Police Department sought reverse-location data in 2017 for investigations into murder, sexual battery, and the suspected arson.