The U.S. Department of Justice filed an order in federal court demanding that Apple and Google turn over the names of users of a gun scope app.
With all the many assaults on the purchase and use of firearms, you might believe that the government couldn’t infringe much farther into the territory of that right. You’d be wrong.
In an exclusive story, Forbes reported that the U.S. 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.”
This represents, according to the information discovered by Forbes, a case 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.”
As unbelievable as it may seem, the Trump administration Department of Justice has filed an order with a federal court seeking to compel Apple and Google (owners of the App Store and Google Play, respectively) to turn over the names and other information of users of an app called Obsidian.
According to the description on Apple’s App Store, with Obsidian “you can connect to your ATN [American Technology Network, the developer of Obsidian] optical device via built-in wifi network capability. This enables you to watch live video streaming from the device, shoot photos, or videos and configure device settings for your personal needs.”