The United States Government has asked Apple and Google to hand over information on firearm owners who have an ATN scope and use an app called Obsidian 4. The app allows owners to calibrate, live stream, take still and video from their scopes.
Forbes reported the Department of Justice wants Obsidian 4 users phone numbers, names and any other identifying information the companies may have. On the Google Play store, the app has over 10,000 downloads. Apple does not publish download numbers so it is unclear how many iPhone users would be affected.
Of course, the government has said the need for the data grab is to prevent the illegal exportation of ATN scopes, which are controlled by ITAR regulations.
Before the order was sealed, Forbes obtained a copy which reads
“This pattern of unlawful, attempted exports of this rifle scope in combination with the manner in which the ATN Obsidian 4 application is paired with this scope manufactured by Company A supports the conclusion that the information requested herein will assist the government in identifying networks engaged in the unlawful export of this rifle scope through identifying end users located in countries to which export of this item is restricted,”
If the order is approved by the courts, this attack against personal liberty and freedom will affect countless Americans who have committed no crime, and would further demonstrate the cozy relationship big tech and the government have on domestic surveillance.