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US Secret Service purchased location information from smartphone apps

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Us Secret Service Bought Location Data From Smartphone Apps
Us Secret Service Bought Location Data From Smartphone Apps

The US government is facing another major accusation regarding data breach. This time regarding its Secret Service, who have allegedly paid for location data to illegally track down people without legal warrants or court orders.

According to a report from Motherboard, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that the Secret Service paid Babel Street to use Locate X, a service that supplies location data from common smartphone applications. Although the document didn’t clearly reveal the exact purpose of the tool the secret service used, but it was reported that it was utilized to create a virtual fence around a region and track devices in that area.

The contract with Locate X was between the period of September 2018 and September 2018 and had a sum transaction of 2 million US Dollars. It is speculated that the service was only used for just a few cases, however, it is also likely to have been for just one as well. At the moment, it is unknown where Babel Street sources its data from and who it is sold to. Babel nor the Secret Service has yet to comment on the matter.

 

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