Big Brother Knows Your Alerts? FBI’s Push Notification Tracking Raises Privacy Alarms



The Federal Bureau of Investigation has adopted a new surveillance method, using push notifications to track down suspected criminals. However, it has also sparked concerns about privacy violations.

What Happened: The FBI has been using push notifications, a common feature on smartphones, to identify and track down suspects. This technique has been instrumental in apprehending individuals involved in serious crimes, including child abuse and kidnapping, reported The Washington Post.

For instance, the FBI used a push token, a unique code used to send push alerts, to identify and arrest a man in Toledo, Ohio, who was charged with sexual exploitation of minors and distribution of child pornography.

The push token was obtained from TeleGuard, an encrypted messaging app, and then traced back to the suspect’s phone by Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

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While this method has proven …

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