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Anomaly six, an American company, resells mobile phone user information to the government

via:CnBeta     time:2020/8/10 8:09:45     readed:730

According to the report, anomaly six, an American company, has embedded its software development kit into many mobile applications to track the location of hundreds of millions of mobile phones around the world.At the same time, the company resells the information to the U.S. government without the user's knowledge.


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Mobile app developers usually allow third-party companies to embed software development packages into their own programs in order to earn a certain amount of money, and these third-party companies turn to sell the data obtained from the applications to make profits, the report said. It's hard for users to know if such software development packages are embedded in the application, because most privacy policies do not disclose this information. In interviews with many industry insiders, it was pointed out that at present, there are almost no regulations restricting such transactions in the United States.

The report stressed that although many private enterprises in the U.S. advertising, marketing and other industries are engaged in trading location data, it is extremely unusual for companies closely associated with the US National Security Agency to collect user location data directly. The paper also found that the services provided by anomaly six are similar to another company called Babel street, which provides social media monitoring services for US intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Babel street, a product called locate x, also provides customers with mobile location information extracted from user applications. In fact, the founders of anomaly six previously worked in Babel street, responsible for the company's relationships with the U.S. Department of defense, Department of justice, U.S. cyber command, and intelligence agencies.

The report pointed out that according to court records, locate x adopted some opinions of U.S. government officials in the design, and was widely used by the U.S. military intelligence after its development. According to federal contract data, Babel street has also signed contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of justice. According to the report, the collected mobile phone location information can be used for "lifestyle" analysis to help understand and predict the habits and behaviors of intelligence targets.

"What users don't know is that when they install weather apps, games, or any other seemingly harmless app, their personal location data will be collected and sold ," said Laura May, a law professor at Georgetown University. Clearly, this is what is happening, and there is no transparency ."

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