Mobile apps collect location data from 100’s millions of phones - now the data is being sold to U.S. Military

An investigation by the online magazine Motherboard revelas that the the U.S. Military is procuring private location data harvested from mobile apps around the world.


One of the most popular app targeted was a Muslim prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide. In a statement, a U.S. Special Operations Command spokesperson confirmed the purchase stating that they are strictly adhering to established procedures and policies for protecting the privacy, civil liberties, constitutional and legal rights of American citizens.


For example, X-mode, one of the companies harvesting location data and selling it forward, claims on its website to track the movements of ‘up to 10%’ of the people in the UK, Spain, Italy and France.