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1984 Budget: U.S. Cops, Non-Profit Revealed to Surveill 250 Million Phones Using Affordable Tools

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New revelations say powerful national interest groups and corporations, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to TikTok, are seeking to collect a wide range of personal and personal information using the only means of escape: electronic surveillance. Against the backdrop of a series of media reports. It’s like pulling the plug.

Fog Reveal, a low-cost tracking tool developed by Fog Data Science, a private technology company based in Virginia, gives police access to geolocation data from more than 250 million devices. and is used by more than a dozen law enforcement agencies nationwide. , by the Electronic Frontier Foundation of the Digital Privacy Rights Group.

and expo serieses It is published on the website and cites a large amount of information. company documents The EFF explained that the tracking tool uses geolocation data collected by a data broker from the phone’s unique advertising ID. It is a random string of numbers and letters that accompanies every device and can be found in apps and his website that smartphone users visit.
Fog Reveal allows authorities to look up device location data years back. Onerous Warrant Requirements (i.e., the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).
Materials released by EFF include Fog Data Science marketing materials For Departments of Police and Sheriffs, with Company brag The product provides authorities with a “timeline, travels, last known geographic location, and life patterns” of any suspect, person of interest, or whom officers happen to be interested in for one reason or another. To do.
Law enforcement can access information at very low buy-in rates. $7,500 per yearthe company also offers a free trial version before purchasing the program.

EFF technologist Bennett Cyphers, lead author of the Digital Privacy Group’s Fog study, said nothing could stop law enforcement from using the technology for nefarious purposes, ranging from tracking political dissidents. I warned you there was nothing.

“This data can be used to search and identify everyone who has visited Planned Parenthood. [office] A particular day, or anyone who participated in a protest against police violence. Just to wrap up the pitch, Fog is already extensively tracking the movements of innocent people, and local police are extensively tracking petty crimes,” he said.

“The potential for abuse is staggering, and so far there are no rules protecting our constitutional rights,” Cyphers added.

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Spokesperson for Fog Data Science relief The company’s products are designed simply to “fill gaps in underfunded and understaffed departments” and assist technically inadequate law enforcement agencies “on the frontlines of human trafficking and missing persons cases.” The company also claims it has no access to people’s personal information, only anonymized commercial data with no usage restrictions.
EFF called such a claim “fake” It points out that law enforcement agencies can easily compile information about a person of interest to identify and identify their place of residence, place of work, frequent locations, etc.
EFF counted at least 18 From police officers in California, New York, Texas and Florida to federal law enforcement agencies, the United States Marshals Service, Fog’s customers include law enforcement, highway patrol and sheriff’s offices in 13 states.
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