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Does DHS Have Your Cellphone Data?

July 19, 2022 (1 min read)

Julia Ainsley, NBC News, July 18, 2022

"The Department of Homeland Security has paid millions of dollars since 2017 to purchase, without warrants, cellphone location data from two companies to track the movements of both Americans and foreigners inside the U.S., at U.S. borders and abroad, according to a new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday. The report published a large collection of contracts between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other parts of DHS to buy location data collected by companies Venntel and Babel Street. The contracts and other documents were obtained via the Freedom of Information Act."