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US military buys location data of popular Muslim apps

An investigation by the online magazine Motherboard found the US military was procuring location data from several popular apps, including Muslim Pro.

The US army is buying private information accumulated from programs around the world, including many used by Muslims which were downloaded almost 100 million times, a news report states.

Others contained a Muslim relationship program.

According to public documents, interviews with developers, and technical evaluation, the Motherboard analysis noted several companies obtain program place data when advertisers cover to fit their advertisements to individuals’ browsing sessions.

The US army confirmed the news record.

“Our access to the software is used to support Special Operations Forces mission requirements overseas,” Navy Commander Tim Hawkins was quoted as saying. “We strictly adhere to established procedures and policies for protecting the privacy, civil liberties, constitutional and legal rights of American citizens.”

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‘US military customers’

Among those firms involved with selling the place information, X-Mode, has stated it monitors 25 million apparatus within the USA each month and 40 million everywhere — such as in the European Union, Latin America, along with the Asia-Pacific area.

Motherboard set up the Muslim Mingle dating program on an Android telephone and watched because it sent accurate geolocation coordinates alongside the WiFi network title into X-Mode.

The analysis discovered other programs relaying location data incorporate a step-counter program named Accupedo, the weather program Global Storms, and CPlus for Craigslist.

US Senator Ron Wyden told Motherboard that X-Mode also confessed selling information it gathered to additional”US military clients”.

The business defended the clinic.

“X-Mode permits its information panel into a few tech businesses which can utilize government military solutions, but our job with such builders is global and mostly concentrated on three use cases: counter-terrorism, cyber-security and calling potential COVID-19 hotspots,” X-Mode advised the online magazine.

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