IRS is being investigated for buying location data from apps installed on ...

IRS is being investigated for buying location data from apps installed on cell phones to 'try to find criminals without a warrant' The IRS bought the data from Venntel, an analytics company which purchases it from marketing companies The marketing companies buy the information from the apps but it's unclear which apps ones The IRS is said to have used it the information to try to find out where certain criminal suspects lived They say they were unsuccessful but Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren are asking for an investigation  They question if it was legal for them to purchase the information without a warrant as part of a criminal probe Venntel has also sold to other parts of government for various reasons  The administration bought data to track migrants, it was previously reported 

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:56 BST, 6 October 2020 | Updated: 20:57 BST, 6 October 2020

View
comments

The IRS is being investigated for buying location data from apps installed on people's phones to try to find criminal suspects without obtaining a proper warrant for the information. 

It is among a handful of government departments that has been known to purchase the data from Venntel, a Virginia-based analytics company.

Venntel buys it first from private marketing companies who buy it from apps which have been granted access to a person's location services on their phone. 

Then, it sells it on - mostly to advertisers - but also branches of government. 

It's unclear which apps sell to Venntel and which of those apps the various government departments is most interested in. 

It has previously been reported that they are mostly weather trackers and games.   

The government has been buying information from Venntel which maps people's movements based on their cell phone location data

The government has been buying information from Venntel which maps people's movements based on their cell phone location data

The IRS claims it used it to track down criminal suspects, according to VICE. In this case, it was looking for a handful of suspects but they did not find them. 

Nevertheless, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division is now investigating on the insistence of Senators Ron Wyden and

read more from dailymail.....

PREV 'Roid rage' Trump crashes markets by tweeting that there will be NO stimulus ...
NEXT Troubled girl, 16, takes her own life on school grounds