They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them

In 2019 two New York Times opinion writers obtained cellphone app data “containing the precise locations of more than 12 million individual smartphones for several months in 2016 and 2017.” (It’s data that they say is “supposed to be anonymous, but it isn’We found celebrities, Pentagon officials and average Americans.”) Now they’ve obtained a remarkable new trove of data, “this time following the smartphones of thousands of Trump supporters, rioters and passers-by in Washington, D.C., on January as Donald Trump’s political rally turned into a violent insurrection.” And here the stakes for a privacy violation were even higher: [The data set] shows how Trump supporters traveled from South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky to the nation’s capital, with pings tracing neatly along major highways, in the days before the attack.

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