Byron Tau and Michelle Hackman reporting at The Wall Street Journal on the Trump Administration’s purchase of millions of cell phone location records which they are using to track, identify, and arrest immigrants along the US-Mexico border:
The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has granted permission to log the phone’s location.
The Department of Homeland Security has used the information to detect undocumented immigrants and others who may be entering the U.S. unlawfully, according to these people and documents.
And because the databases are being purchased commercially, it’s all apparently legal. Is this the beginning of a mass surveillance state?