Exclusive: Feds Order Apple And Google To Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App
According to a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on 5 September, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department is seeking information as part of a broad investigation into possible breaches of weapons export regulations. It’s looking into illegal exports of ATN’s scope, though the company itself isn’t under investigation, according to the order. As part of that, investigators are looking for a quick way to find out where the app is in use, as that will likely indicate where the hardware has been shipped.
…I’ve got a bridge, Florida real estate, and beachfront property in Arizona for you.
At best, that’s an “[overly-]broad investigation.” If they wanted to find the unlawful shipments, they’d ask for users with out-of-US numbers and IPs. That would eliminate — for them — lawful US usage. They’d be left with items shipped out of country, a list which they could check against export permits. Job done.
But this rounds up everyone. Everywhere. Giving the government a convenient list of some firearm oweners, and specifically Americans capable of precision shooting.
Makes you wonder why they would want that.
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