How to Use Your Smartphone as a Data Collector
What if your smartphone’s built-in GPS system was toying with you?
Well, you may be able to do something about it.
Herald Journal has the story of how the NSA uses your smartphone to gather data on your movements, including when you’re driving, walking, and doing other everyday tasks.
If you’ve been tracking your phone’s location and use of GPS to find a specific target, you can stop that data collection.
“It’s not a new issue,” said John E. Bates, executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
It’s worth noting that the NSA has used this data to target foreigners and Americans alike, even if they have not been suspected of a crime. “
In fact, it’s so intrusive that the Supreme Court ruled that a warrant is required, and the government can’t go through your phone without a warrant to find out how often you’ve used your phone.”
It’s worth noting that the NSA has used this data to target foreigners and Americans alike, even if they have not been suspected of a crime.
For instance, the NSA collected data on US citizens in the Bahamas, and then sent the data to the Bahamas.
And it also collected data in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.
It seems that the data collected on Americans is not collected on a regular basis, either.
When the NSA asked the FBI in 2012 for information on the movements of hundreds of millions of people, it did not ask for a warrant.
“Because they didn’t want to create a FISA order for a large number of people that could be collected in bulk, the FBI asked the NSA for more information,” Bates explained.
“It’s an obvious example of not following the rules.”