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WSJ: ICE & CPB Use Cellphone Location Data from Games, Apps to Arrest Immigrants

HeadlineFeb 12, 2020

In more immigration news, The Wall Street Journal reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, have spent over $1.2 million to access cellphone location data to track and arrest undocumented immigrants. The Homeland Security Department reportedly began purchasing cellphone location data in 2017 from a Virginia-based company called Venntel. The data is drawn from cellphone apps, like games and weather apps, that ask the user’s permission to access their location.

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