Apps are selling your location data. The U.S. gov is buying.

Source: Editorial board, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Federal agencies have purchased access to a virtual trove that charts the movements of millions of citizens’ cellphones from a company called Venntel. It says it accesses only small quantities of the data on a case-by-case basis rather than examining the entire cache in bulk, and that the data is anonymized. But anonymity is a laughable concept when every individual’s day can be turned into a traveling dot that follows a path only they take.

How did we get here? Unfortunately, Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive privacy statute that shields people from having their every move logged in a database such as the one the government is now using.

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