The US management has allegedly ordered Google and Apple to give up the phone numbers, names, and IP addresses of minimum 10,000 consumers of a gun scope application. The request for data is fraction of a probe into weapons export infringement, but it has privacy experts reasonably worried. As per media, this is the first recognized case of US examiners asking for personal info from consumers of a single application from Google and Apple.
Obsidian 4, which manages rifle scopes by ATN (American Technologies Network) Corp, is the app in question is. It has over 10,000 installs on Google Play, and it is unidentified how many times it has been installed via the App Store. As media claims, the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) division is probing unlawful scope exports by ATN. Theoretically, understanding out where the app is in employment may indicate where the scope has been exported.
But privacy experts claim that, for beginners, a lot of innocent individuals might have their info swept up as fraction of this request. Data such as IP addresses and phone numbers might be employed to locate consumers, and it is difficult to say how the management may use that info. This might also set a chilling example for data requests from other kinds of apps, such as health and dating apps. Since the request is so wide, Google and Apple may oppose it, but the fact that ICE even requested for it is a bit worrying.
On a related note, a security scientist has found databases having over 419 Million records connected to Facebook accounts. It seems that the info—which comprises Facebook IDs and phone numbers and in some instance users’ genders, names, and countries—was scraped from the website. On the other hand, it is not sure who took that data from Facebook and why.