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#Cops Are Buying Your #SocialMedia #LocationData Without A #Warrant, Here’s How To Stop Them.

https://futurism.com/cops-buying-social-media-location-data-without-warrant/

Dan Robitzski in Hard Science On August 18, 2020

Data Brokers

A shocking number of apps on your phone, ranging from sports to weather, are probably quietly selling your location data to the highest bidder. And according to documents obtained by Motherboard, that bidder is sometimes federal law enforcement.

The Secret Service paid millions of dollars to a company called Babel Street for its “Locate X” product, which tracks mobile devices using location data scraped from a number of apps, according to the documents. And because the agency is buying the data rather than obtaining it through the courts, it can do so without a warrant.

Flagrant Loophole

Normally, obtaining that sort of data would require the oversight of a judge. But purchasing it circumvents that requirement, meaning the shady practice can violate the spirit — if not the letter — of the Fourth Amendment.

A similar company, Venntel, sells location data to ICE and the IRS, according to an investigation by Senator Ron Wyden’s office. Again, the nature of the transaction means these agencies are able to track people down by their devices without judiciary approval.

Tight Lips

“It is clear that multiple federal agencies have turned to purchasing Americans’ data to buy their way around Americans’ Fourth Amendment Rights,” Wyden told Motherboard.

He added that Babel Street has totally ignored his office’s questions, which include important details like whether the company actually respects people’s attempts to opt out of data collection.

“I’m drafting legislation to close this loophole, and ensure the Fourth Amendment isn’t for sale,” Wyden added.


Data Providers

Below is a list of premium data providers who aggregate, host and distribute personal and business information.

If you would like your information to be removed from all databases, please contact them directly.

Experian
Acxiom
Transunion
LexisNexis
Dun & Bradstreet
Datalogix
Epsilon
Equifax
Reed Elsevier
Rapleaf
Intelius
USPTO
Bing
Google
Facebook
LinkedIn

Each resource has to be contacted directly in order to remove or edit personal information.

Data Brokers & Web sites

Intelius.com
Beenverified.com
Instantcheckmate.com
Truthfinder.com
Spokeo.com
Whitepages.com
Peekyou.com
USSearch.com
PeopleFinder.com
PeopleFinders.com
PeopleLookup.com
Familytreenow.com
PeopleSmart.com
Yatedo.com
PeopleWise.com
Nuwber.com
MyRelatives.com
RealDirect.com

usNumber2name.com
Everify.com
Check-caller.com
People-finders.ws
Instantpeoplefinder.com
Callersmart.com
Hauziz.com
Datagovus.com
Truepeoplesearch.com
Allareacodes.com
PublicRecords360.com
Peoplebyname.com
Voterrecords.com
Ancestry.com
Peekyou.com
PrivateEye.com
Zabasearch.com
USA-People-Search.com
Spoke.com
PublicRecords.com
CheckThem.com
DOBSearch.com
MyLife.com
IDtrue.com
411.com
Acxiom.com

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