According to a court order filed by the Ministry of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators hope to obtain user information about Obsidian 4 applications. Obsidian 4 is a tool used to control rifle sights manufactured by American Technologies Network Corp (ATN). The app allows gun support for someone from Android orIPhoneGet live broadcast, record video and calibrate gun sight on the device. The Obsidian 4 information page on Google Play shows that the application has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.AppleDownload data are not available, so it is not clear how many iPhone users are affected by the government's new measures.
Privacy activists have warned that thousands of individual data-related users will be investigated if the court approves the request and that Apple and Google also decide to fit. "This will create a dangerous precedent and take the "Personal data for a large number of innocent users"," said Edin Omanovics, head of State oversight for privacy.
"Such an order should be specific to the suspect only - but neither of them is consistent," Omanovic said.
By the time the article was published, neither Apple nor Google had responded to requests for comment. Aimer manufacturer ATN also did not respond. The Justice Department also did not respond to requests for comment.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) hopes to obtain these data to conduct extensive investigations into possible violations of arms export regulations. ICE is currently investigating the illegal export of ATN sights, but the company itself has not been investigated. Therefore, investigators hope to find a quick way to determine where the application is being used, because this information is likely to indicate where the hardware is being sent. The subject of the ICE investigation is still a mystery, as neither ATN nor arms retailers have been prosecuted so far.
If the Court issues the order, Apple and Google will need to submit user names, phone numbers and IP addresses that have downloaded the sighting app since August 1, 2017.
This requirement is wide-ranging, involving not only overseas users who may illegally acquire firearms, but also users who use the application in the United States.
Although this order is unprecedented in the United States, similar strategies have been tried before by the non-U.S. government. Forbes had previously reported that a government had asked Apple to submit data on 58 million users of an app to track a terrorist grassroots organization. But Apple refused to submit the data.