"As a matter of policy, CBP does not comment on pending litigation,"
Or it would seem, anything else.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued the US government, claiming Homeland Security agents trampled over people's constitutional rights – by buying phone location data from commercial brokers rather than getting necessary search warrants. "These practices raise serious concerns that federal immigration authorities …
U.S. Customs and Border Protection may obtain access to commercially available information relevant to its border security mission. Consistent with its border security and law enforcement authorities, CBP has acquired limited access to commercial telemetry data through the procurement of a limited number of licenses to a vendor provided interface.
While CBP is being provided access to location information, it is important to note that such information does not include cellular phone tower data, is not ingested in bulk, and does not include the individual user’s identity. Rather, CBP officers, agents, and analysts are provided with access to the vendor’s interface on a case-by-case basis, and are only able to view a limited sample of anonymized data consistent with existing border security or law enforcement operations. All CBP operations in which commercially available telemetry data may be used are undertaken in furtherance of CBP’s responsibility to enforce U.S. law at the border and in accordance with relevant legal, policy, and privacy requirements.
TLDR version: there are probably lots of GDPR violations in the chain of who sells your data to whom.
He did, rather scarily, indicate at one point that he thought it would be a good thing if his children had RFID trackers implanted in them. He has a great many good ideas and ran a great company for a while, but I wouldn't take his views on privacy as being anything other than misinformed. I do get what he is thinking and saying, I just think he is wrong on this.
I mean, how many times have people snitched on massive criminal activity at the 3 letter spy rings, and what happened - they shut the snitch (real patriot) down and locked them up (when they could) Then there are those you never hear about.
I'll bet members of the ACLU get a little visit from strange people in suits, then decide to forget about suing. The proof will be that this vanishes from news quickly.
Hmm, someone's at the door, just a,,,,, aghhhhhh.
If you think that the likes of GCHQ et al, don't have access to all the CDR records from the masts then I think you need to up your paranoia quotient. The difference here is that our country cousins, like always, see things through the lens of money and profit a bit more keenly than our overlords do. Using cash is such a vulgar and tacky business. There are much better and more discrete ways of getting things done that don't leave a nasty trail of transnational evidence.
If The Man wants a company to hand over information and not leave them with the opportunity to say no or to limit what they will divulge, a warrant is needed. If a company is selling data dumps of the same data commercially, that's a different story. I don't see why a judge's approval would be required to conduct a transaction that any private citizen can do without any such approval.
It's a bigger and bigger problem as more information is collected on people that don't seem to give a poo because they "have nothing to hide". The same holds if they want somebody to spill the beans through testimony. If the person doesn't want to talk, law enforcement/investigators can get a subpoena that compels them to talk under penalty of confinement/fines. If the person is happy to tell all they know just for the asking or a few non-taxable bank notes ..........
Politicians need to start catching up with laws regarding the trade of PII harvested without the express consent of the people involved. It can't just be some fine print that gets skipped on the way to the "download app" button. It needs to be a statement up top in the same type size that reads "we will collect your data and sell it to anybody that wants it for less than the cost of a stick of gum. If we are hacked and your PII winds up being given away, not our problem. Maybe some court will spank us and you'll get a year of free credit monitoring (again)".
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