U.S. immigration officials are receiving and using “vast amounts” of immigrant location data through telephone calls Mobile phones Without a court order, the Union of Civil Liberties (Aclu) condemned this Monday.
Aclu’s Shreya Tiwari said the documents obtained by Aclu “show the government’s attempts to wash its hands of any responsibility in obtaining data on the whereabouts of people who require a court order”.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other agencies under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are collecting information “extracted for subpoenas.” applications on smartphones,” according to Aclu.
Immigration officials have sought applications Y Mobile phones to determine Place Immigrants Undocumented They are awaiting a hearing in immigration court to determine whether they will remain in the country or be deported.
The government has spent millions of dollars trying to access cell phone location information Mobile phones Compiled and sold by two data vendors, Wendell and Babel Street“Added the team.
The documents, obtained by the Aclu through the Freedom of Information Act, show efforts by companies and the government to “rationalize the sale of these unregulated vast amounts of data,” according to the group.
Aklu pointed out that the Supreme Court has ruled to protect similar location data from mobile phones against government access without a court order.
“The Supreme Court has made it clear because our history Place “Cellphone use is an expression of ‘private life,’ and deserves all the protections of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution,” said Nathan Freed Wessler, deputy director of Aklu.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this Tuesday, which will include “Digital tests“And the government’s access to people’s personal information, Aklu said.