DoJ pushes Google and Apple to ID 10,000 users of a gun scope app


The app in query is , which controls scopes by (ATN) Corp. It has greater than 10,000 downloads on Google Play, and it is unknown what number of occasions it has been downloaded by means of the App Store. As Forbes explains, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement () division is investigating unlawful ATN scope exports. In idea, determining the place the app is in use would possibly point out the place the {hardware} has been shipped.

But privateness consultants notice that, for starters, a lot of harmless folks may have their knowledge swept up as half of this . Information like telephone numbers and IP addresses may very well be used to find users, and it is exhausting to say how the federal government would possibly use that intel. This may additionally set a chilling precedent for knowledge requests from different sorts of apps, like courting and well being apps. Because the request is so broad, and Google could battle it, however the truth that ICE even requested is a bit unsettling.