It Begins: Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App

In News Headlines by M.D. Creekmore3 Comments

I talked about this in my video “Trump is Coming For Your Guns – Social Credit Score and Red Flag USA“… this is just the beginning. 

Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.

That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, 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 app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners could be swept up in this latest government data grab.

If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International’s State Surveillance program, said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.” 

“Such orders need to be based on suspicion and be particularized—this is neither,” Omanovic added.

Neither Apple nor Google had responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. ATN, the scope maker, also hadn’t responded.

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Comments

  1. I do not have said technology but this is a violation of guaranteed personal rights for sure. The owners of said technology are 1) subject to a wide sweep of personal data, 2) presumed guilty of some crime based on ownership of said technology, 3) has tones of widespread confiscation. The powers that be have no business knowing the personal buying patterns of private citizens. Once a background check is passed, the individual is free to buy whatever gun and associated equipment without fear of visits from TPTB!

  2. This is so messed up! Government has been too big for its britches for some time now.

  3. This is why we have our 2nd amendment folks, to defend our self against a tyrant government. We are beginning to have the most corrupt government in the world !!!!!

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