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The Technology 202: ACLU sues DHS over purchase of cellphone location data used to track immigrants

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The Technology 202: ACLU sues DHS over purchase of cellphone location data used to track immigrants

Photo: © Lynne Sladky / AP. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plaque is on a podium. AP Photo / Lynne Sladky. Article by Cat Zakrzewski – with Tonya Riley.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing federal authorities over their alleged use of cellphone location data — particularly in immigration enforcement.

The nonprofit organization today filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to force the agencies to release records about purchasing cellphone location data for immigration enforcement and other purposes. The lawsuit follows multiple news reports earlier this year about the Trump administration buying access to commercial databases that track cellphone locations and then using that data to detect people who might be entering the country illegally. […]

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