US IT company secretly collects personal data of millions of users through 500 smartphone apps: Everything is legal
Report obtained by The Wall Street Journal A report obtained by The Wall Street Journal showed that the government is implementing additional code to track users of hundreds of mobile apps. Anomaly Six LLC, headquartered in Virginia, is an intermediary in the scheme for transferring confidential information from smartphones to the US government.
According to official information, the IT firm was founded by a group of former military intelligence officers. They have developed a software SDK (Software Developer Kit) that ignores the user's personal settings and tracks the user's location in real-time.
According to the developers themselves, their software is only able to recognize users by a digital code. But the US intelligence services have an extensive arsenal of decryptors of such data, capable of combining public data from social media and other sources and transforming them into detailed biographies of individuals.
Anomaly Six said earlier that it does not sell data, although it did not disclose for what purpose such confidential information is collected, because it is stored on government servers. It is the commercial benefit, or rather the lack of it, makes data collection legal.
“Since Anomaly Six doesn’t disclose its government tracking software, there’s no way to opt-out. In brief: you are being tracked and your smartphone habits are being sold to the government and there’s nothing you can do about it,” says Android Authority.
The list is highly classified to prevent users from removing the discredited apps from their smartphones.