In an earlier post, the department of defense was accused of purchasing location data from 3rd parties – on US citizens. Now, the ACLU has sued the DHS for the same as reported in the Washington Post.
Quote: “The nonprofit organization today filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to force the agencies to release records about purchasing cellphone location data for immigration enforcement and other purposes. The lawsuit follows multiple news reports earlier this year about the Trump administration buying access to commercial databases that track cellphone locations and then using that data to detect people who might be entering the country illegally.”
This seems to all be part of the same ‘purchasing plan’ that should really, really bother us who are concerned about Big Brother and our privacy. Count me in that cohort. I am more than willing to share my data BUT there needs to be a quid pro quo that I benefit from, not others. As well, sharing data needs to be MY DECISION as it is my data after-all.
The lawsuit was linked in WAPO article, but just in case. https://www.aclu.org/aclu-v-dhs-complaint