The hits just keep coming. In a week where we saw 5 major retailers ban open carry inside their stores, we now have the Trump administration, yet again, playing fast and loose with the constitution.
If you own a rifle and use a phone app to calibrate your scope, the federal government may soon know exactly who you are. In yet another move aimed at gun owners, the Department of Justice under the Trump administration is demanding Google and Apple hand over data on the users who downloaded the app.
The app, Obsidian 4, is a tool used to connect certain scopes to a smart phone or tablet and was developed by American Technologies Network Corp (ATN). Once synced, users can then “watch a live video” of a hunt, as well as “adjust/change the various settings on your ATN Smart scope and review the images and videos stored on your scope[‘]s microSD card.”
While Apple doesn’t list how many people downloaded the app, on Google Play it’s been downloaded 10,000+ times.
According to Forbes, the DOJ filed a court order on September 5th 2019, ordering both Google and Apple to give up names, phone numbers, and IP addresses of everyone who downloaded the app since Aug. 1, 2017.
The document is now sealed, but Forbes managed to see it while it was briefly publicly available.
According to Forbes, the government is claiming they need the data to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) track down illegal weapons exports to Canada, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong.
No public charges have been filed related to American Technologies Network Corp or resellers of its firearm tools. If Apple and Google hand over the data, it would likely include data on thousands of innocent people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned.