ACLU FOIA Lawsuit: Department of Homeland Security Collects 15 Billion Cellphone Locations Every Day
The American Civil Liberties Union performed an invaluable service for the American people today by releasing records from Department of Homeland Security agencies that demonstrate the sweep of the government’s routine violation of the Fourth Amendment by purchasing Americans’ personal data from data brokers.
The ACLU’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against DHS agencies includes Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard. This lawsuit is ongoing, but these first disclosures are eyepopping.
The ACLU lawsuit reveals:
“ACLU’s findings should concern every American with a cellphone,” said Bob Goodlatte, former Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and now Senior Policy Advisor to PPSA. “ACLU’s determined effort to expose the scale of government intrusion into our privacy is a monumental public service. With the House and Senate now holding hearings into these practices, Congress has every reason to require warrants to intrude into our digital lives by passing the Fourth Amendment Is Not for Sale Act.”
Bob Goodlatte will testify on the government’s practice of buying Americans’ personal data tomorrow before the House Judiciary Committee.