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Feds Continuing to Buy Cell Phone Data for Tracking Private Citizens

'Data brokers harvest our location data from the app developers, and then sell it to these agencies... '

(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a report detailing the federal government’s implementation of its plan to track American citizens using cell phone location data.

The report reveals the existence of a “vast, secretive partnership to surveil the movements of millions of people” through the harvesting and sale of location data, according to Gateway Pundit.

“Data brokers harvest our location data from the app developers, and then sell it to these agencies,” the EFF reported.

“Once in government hands, the data is used by the military to spy on people overseas, by ICE to monitor people in and around the U.S., and by criminal investigators like the FBI and Secret Service.”

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It is well known that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been using cell phone data to track illegal aliens and lockdown scofflaws, respectively — ICE has used the tracking app SmartLink, and the CDC has purchased data from SafeGraph, a GPS data company.

Of course, the Biden administration and its Big Tech allies are perfectly happy to shut these surveillance technologies down when it suits their purpose, as can be seen from the FTC’s regulation of the so-called stalkerware app Spyfone, which allows private citizens to acquire the same data that is available to the feds.

Google has also recently announced that it would purge tracking information about users who seek out abortion clinics in the aftermath of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Among a number of data brokers that sell citizens’ private information to the government, the EFF highlighted Venntel, a subsidiary of the commercial agency Gravy Analytics, whose “current and former clients in the US government include, at a minimum, the IRS, the DHS and its subsidiaries ICE and CBP, the DEA, and the FBI.”

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