Report: Memo says intelligence agency gathers U.S. smartphone location data without warrant

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a memo to a top Senate Democrat, analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) said that they have purchased databases of U.S. smartphone location data in recent years without any type of warrant.

According to the document released on Friday, January 22nd by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, DIA analysts have searched American location data five times in the past two and a half years.

The Hill reported that Sen. Wyden had asked the agency whether it was interpreting the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Carpenter v. United States to mean that obtaining data from a third-party broker rather than a phone company does not require a warrant. 

The agency responded in the memo by saying:

“DIA does not construe the Carpenter decision to require a judicial warrant endorsing purchase or use of commercially-available data for intelligence purposes.”

The New York Times was the first to obtain the unclassified memo, stating that the disclosure sheds light on an emerging loophole in privacy law during the digital age… Via – Law Enforcement Today

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