Sen. Raises Alarm On Cell Location Tracking Of Immigrants

Law360 (February 13, 2020, 2:56 PM EST) -- The federal government's apparent efforts to track immigrants using cellphone location data bought from a private company run afoul of federal officials' obligation to first obtain warrants, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said in a letter Wednesday.

Markey pressed U.S. Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf to explain under what legal standard the department is carrying out a program in which DHS reportedly buys data from Venntel Inc. The company, in turn, obtains the information from cellphone apps and other sources. The program was recently disclosed in media reports.

The Massachusetts senator suggested that such activity, which appears to be...

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