SHOCKING: Popular Muslim apps caught selling location data to the US military

The report found that Muslim Pro, an app that gives precise daily prayer times and offers users the direction to Mecca with their current location, has sent user data to X-Mode.

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The U.S. military has purchased the location data of millions of Muslims worldwide who use a popular Islamic prayer app and a Muslim dating app, Vice’s Motherboard reported.

On Monday, the technology website reported that the U.S. military used two different methods to obtain users’ location data. The first involved a product named Locate X.

According to Motherboard, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a military branch tasked with counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and special reconnaissance, purchased access to Locate X to assist overseas special forces operations.

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The second method to acquire data involved a company called X-Mode, which receives location data directly from apps, then sells that sensitive data to contractors, and by extension, to the U.S. military.

The report found that Muslim Pro, an app that gives precise daily prayer times and offers users the direction to Mecca with their current location, has sent user data to X-Mode.

Muslim Pro brands itself as the “Most Popular Muslim App!” and includes passages and audio readings from the Quran.

According to the Muslim Pro’s website, the app has been downloaded over 50 million times worldwide on Android devices and around 95 million in total across other platforms, including iOS.

Some of the app developers that Motherboard spoke to were unaware of who their users’ location data ends up with.

X-Mode selling location data from U.S. phones

Another app that Motherboard found was sending user data to X-Mode was Muslim Mingle, a dating app that has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

Motherboard observed that many of the users of apps engaged in the data supply chain were Muslim, a noteworthy mention considering decades of U.S. warfare on Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

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Senator Ron Wyden told Motherboard in a statement that X-Mode was selling location data garnered from U.S. phones to U.S. military customers. 

“In a September call with my office, lawyers for the data broker X-Mode Social established that the company is selling data accumulated from phones in the United States to U.S. military customers, through defense contractors. Citing non-disclosure agreements, the company declined to identify the specific defense contractors or the specific government agencies purchasing the data,” the statement read.

In an interview with CNN in April, X-Mode CEO Joshua Anton said the company tracks 25 million devices inside the U.S. every month, and 40 million elsewhere, including in Latin America, the European Union (EU), and the Asia-Pacific region.

Chris Hoofnagle, a faculty director at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), told Motherboard that while the application encompassed information about privacy in its disclosure, many users would be shocked at the idea of their personal data being sold to the U.S. military.

“The question to ask is whether a sensible consumer of these services would foresee these uses and consent to them if explicitly asked,” Hoofnagle said.

“It’s safe to say from this context that the reasonable consumer – who’s not a tech person – wouldn’t have military uses of their data in mind, even if they read the disclosures.”

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.

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