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Official Police Report is “Unreliable Narrator” of Encounter

 

  • Just wait till the end to hear the officer’s official police report and compare with the video.

 

  • Unreliable Narrator: Police Auditors provide a useful exercise for understanding self-serving History.  We get to see the creation of official records and compare them with video.  It would be interesting to conduct a wider sample of police reports to see how pervasive this phenomena is.
  • The sad part is his desperation to get info; when he asked her to come with him to the front of the car he knew what he was trying to do. If you’re reading this sir, you are a very sad man. You do not represent integrity in any form or fashion.  (police entrapment)

 

 

  • GST is becoming my favorite auditor. She is so calm and correct it makes it fun to watch the tyrants twist into a pretzel to justify their actions

 

  • This cop has a lot of opinions on what she was doing , yet no laws were broken, Why does he need to mention that her conduct made others not do their job? in his report?

 

  • The officer kept interrupting her when she tried to tell him that photography can’t be the sole reason for suspicious activity because it’s legal in public

 

  • The cop knew early on that he was wrong, that’s when the power trip kicked in and he tried on multiple occasions to bully her into submission, fail

 

  • The statement about the ‘FAA manager” and the “FAA command center in DC” is complete nonsense… I worked for the FAA as a radar air traffic controller for 30 years... IF the entire FAA management suddenly disappeared from the facility, we controller would never miss a single instruction call to any aircraft.. If the FAA command center in DC disappeared we would never notice… no ATC duties were even the tiniest bit “interfered” with..

 

  • This whole “See Something Say Something” mentality in this day and age! Granite State has provided proof that these tyrants lie through their teeth all the time. Turning legal activity into a crime is their mindset! Thanks SJVT for bringing this to your channel!

 

  • Everything he referred to about trespassing was nothing to do with your video taping…you were abiding by the law. This villain twisted and turned and tried jamming you up with his corrupt actions. He was a sneak and a dishonest cop with no integrity.

 

  • All he is accomplishing is proving his ignorance of the law. How embarrassing it must be to him when he started realizing she knew more about the law then he did and he is supposed to be law enforcement!
  • I’m sure she certainly appreciated being told something she already knew and had already taught you! Just saying. This video is little more than halfway over but I know he’s going to do some cop speak to explain why he was screwing up so bad And then give her some kind of order about staying off the property or don’t go into the street and Impede traffic or for safety reasons!
  • She did not force the cops to come out and investigate illegal activity. Talk about escalating something into more than what it actually should’ve been!
  • So she didn’t meet the requirements for trespass, per the officer.

 

  • He crawled back under his stone once you stood your ground. Excellent vid. This creep realised his error and tried to smooth it out with you. Great exposure of a villain who no doubt has committed similar acts of oath breaking. His ‘report’ about this ‘incident’ was pure paranoia and BS. They are strong against the weak, and weak against the strong. Stay strong. Stay safe.

 

  • He was most certainly trying to cover up how stupid she made him look! She was trying to keep from being followed by a Little boy that got his feelings hurt! Why would anybody in the world want to be followed home whether it’s a cop or not? Tell me if this sounds familiar? “In this day and age “ you never know what kind of person it is that’s trying to follow you whether they’re in uniform or not. If you’re a female you have to be suspicious of anyone that’s following you when they have absolutely no reason to do so.  You were stalking her and trying to get all her information because she hurt your feelings and you wanted to get eve

 

  • She is amazing! I love how she is so calm and reserve. Good follow up to her video.

 

  • A more or less realistic example of of your basic cop unable to process the fact that the photographer is exercising a right guaranteed by the same Constitution the cop swore to uphold…

 

  • “Trespass” the go to charge of the day. “Get back for my safety” the catch phrase. “Stop resisting stop resisting”. The battle cry.

 

  • Between Granite State Transparency in Massachusetts and Auditing America in Rhode Island.it seems the cops up there are most tyrant-like..it seems to be a whole different level in New England..scary.

 

  • You would be acting oddly if you were being stalked by an armed man.

 

  • I would love to see you guys get more organized. More like a large entity, like the police or organized crime. So it’s not one against a bunch of cops and the system. Be in groups, have lawyers on standby, have a fund that all of you pay into to help the ones that get arrested, have the laws in hand and high lighted for the purpose of education. I could go on. Get professional and actually make a difference. At this point they don’t fear you guys at all. I would love for you to respond back to me and tell me what you think. Thanks

 

  • Damn. This cop needs to be a writer. He can spin quite a story. He was doing his best to make you seem crazy .

 

  • What law is it so it’s a “federal law” I just told you. Lol. But why don’t you tell me exactly which federal law it is the one with numbers. He’s the one interrupting. A real lawyer would tear this officers report apart into shreds I love how he’s trying to make himself look good in the report like he’s doing everything quote on quote by the book. Oh poor baby his life is so hard. Well nobody told her to leave and she had yet to actually enter the property. She has to have actually been inside the fence in order for that to work. Yeah watching this having a lawsuit would be probably easy because this cop clearly as fishing for anything he can get his hands on to arrest her and so far he’s having trouble finding anything mostly because she knows what she’s talking about and he doesn’t have a clue what she’s talking about. He did a double investigation. I’d be sueing the company for trying to illegally aquire my name

 

  • As a United States Marine that fought for the freedoms we enjoy and Vietnam corpsman father fought before me this is Despicable when you take a position as a cop to Serve and Protect not act like you’re a lawyer or Gestapo thank God there’s young people like these people in the world bringing to light the blue corruption about time way2go New Generation the world is in good hands keep up the great work Semper Fi oorah

 

  • Well thanks to this cop we all now know exactly what goes on behind the fence. This information is now common knowledge to the criminal/terrorist community and its all thanks to an ignorant security guard and an equally ignorant, officious, over zealous cop who, who had he educated himself in the law, would not have needed to respond to the call in the first place.

 

  • If police would simply avoid confronting people who aren’t breaking the law no “disturbance” would be created. In this scenario the police and the complainant are the public disturbance, not the auditor.

 

  • Cop: “I don’t want to set you up for failure”. Salem witch hunt here.

 

  • When an officer says they are trying to figure it out that means they don’t know the law and they are going to try to trump up something

 

  • When I seen the clip from CT3 I knew I had seen the video before, I didn’t realize it was that long ago. I was a creeped out then as seeing again today. That was completely incompetent, didn’t hold knowledge of basic laws that everybody should (ie the constitution, trespass, public easement, ID requirements) and a few others, but seeing that report is even scarier than what I saw in the video. He he will lie to that extent over someone taking pictures from a sidewalk, I can only imagine a case where there is actual crime. He will turn a trespasser into a murderer. I think that would constitute immediate separation from any position granting limited authority. I better never see him in Disney World with a camera, I’m calling the police… Lol

 

  • Yes, he stalked her at 18:01 by order of the government…
  • always waive your rights on request and everything will be ok
  • There is no Federal law that pertains to photographing Federal facilities from public property…total bs by the police who haven’t been properly trained in dealing with these types of situations.
  • Too many law enforcement officers don’t know the laws they are paid very well to uphold
  • If a cop will go to this extreme with someone doing absolutely nothing wrong imagine if you’ve committed a small infraction, if you’re on probation (how he could destroy your entire life and you’re actually working hard to rebuild), if your a young person and he’s the officer giving you your first charge! Cops like this are dangerous
  • If you can’t hold up a book you should not be a police officer.
  • Notice the power lines directly overhead indicating a public easement you have 20 minutes while detained to either arrest me and charge me or let me go!
  • “An officer cannot expand the scope of a stop to investigate other suspected illegal acitivity”, why don’t you read the rest of the law -> “…unless the…”?
  • I believe the first man who came up to the gate trying to get her ID was indeed a security guard, why else would he have walked away & said he’ll get the police if he was indeed “with the police force”???
  • it’s a felony for a security guard to make someone think that he’s a police officer by saying what does it look like when someone asks him if he’s a police officer.
  • The no trespassing sign is valid from the surface of the sign and fencing backwards, not forwards. In back of the sign it would be trespassing.
  • Rarely people end up being paid as part of their job to do what they most desire: playing baseball, travel, eating, watching movies. Cop work is unique in that a vast number of people end up being paid to indulge in their desire to mislead, intimidate, physically abuse, lie, and even kill or all of the above.
  • Gotta love his passive aggressive behavior. Acting like your friend to violate your rights
  • Once again, another officer who thinks that “suspicious activity” is enough to detain someone. They are trained that they need “RAS” (reasonable articulable suspicion) to detain, when it’s really reasonable articulable suspicion OF A CRIME. Maybe we need to start FOIA requesting police training materials so we can petition them to change RAS to RASOAC.
  • It is so embarrassing that this officer had no clue about the laws and what he was talking about. Officer Weiss was making up nonsense about “security issues” with FAA in his report. She did not cross the fence at any time during the course of her footage, therefore there was no “crimal trespass” or evidence of criminal activity solely by filming the outside of a government facility. She was not required to provide an ID if there is no evidence of criminal activity present. He is only trying to save face after being embarrassed of his lack of basic knowledge law and police procedure. He gets a “F” for his performance. This would be a complaint case against the officer of possible misconduct and falsification of official documents that would fall on my desk when I was in Internal Affairs.   – Sgt. D. Brown, (ret.) – Denver Sheriff’s Department
  • Fences are built to enclose property… if you’re going to lay claim to ground that is OUTSIDE that fence… then you need to move the fence. . Also… If it’s possible to conduct reconnaissance from outside the fence… then you need to build a wall.
  • Let’s face it, if someone was doing recon or casing the joint, you would not see the camera. Can’t people see a setup? Setup may be the wrong word to use, but I hope you get the general idea.
  • I have an idea…how bout cops start carrying lawn chairs in their trunks, that way the person they’ve detained for nothing can sit down while they search their law books looking for something that they can say you did wrong!
  • “Show ID if you didn’t do anything wrong”….. well why not make LEOs personnel files public if they are not doing anything wrong.
  • So many lies on an official report. Nothing this cops says or does should ever be believed. The only thing he should be allowed to ask people in the future is “Would you like fries with that?”
  • This video demonstrates why we shouldn’t talk to police and that we should record everything. They will write reports full of lies.
  • Police do not need to know law abiding citizens names or other personal information. It’s NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS.
  • The whole report was one lie on top of another. At end of report he states it was raining? Girls video shows overcast skies but I don’t see any rain.
  • so this is the comment I make when I watch all these videos. We can draw two conclusions. 1 over and over and over the police officers don’t know the law. Making them incompetent to hold the job. Or they do know the law and they’re doing it on purpose, making their actions a criminal act. Prosecutable by the federal, RICO statute. So which is it, incompetent or Criminal? Or both?
  • This officer proves they teach NOTHING in the academy about real law or how to search for real laws if they need to.
  • Did the security guard really just say that! “it’s a special law” . . .
  • If there are any law enforcement dispatch people out there please please do not send law enforcement officers to complaints like this they are unfounded and their fears are unrealistic. People with cameras are not criminals it’s time that this vicious cycle be done away with. Please just inform the caller that they are not to interfere or restrict in any way a Citizens First Amendment right to photograph in public thank you
  • have you ever seen such a pathetic example of back pedaling? this cop is a laughing stock.
  • She should have asked the cop if he had the permission of the property owner to park and or loiter on their property…….
  • Long is wrong. Never get in to debates with cops and other busybodies. “I’m taking pictures in public, have a nice day (or kick rocks).” And shut up and shut up some more. Once your legal status is (quickly) expressed, nothing more needs to be said. The longer you talk, the weaker your position becomes. Do not ever fill an awkward silence, let it be awkward for the cops, not you. When you’re in the right you don’t have to explain yourself. Keep recording everything. If you’re touched, you have a claim for battery. Also, bottom-line. Don’t even take up auditing w/o being prepared to be arrested. If you do everything right and are arrested, you have recourse. If you do it wrong, you have made things bad for yourself and the entire 1A auditing movement.
  • They can’t keep you no more then a few minutes anything over 25 mins is illegal
  • I’d would be one thing if they were just asking ur name but when they ID u they run u thru the system which even if it comes back clean ur name gets put into a database that shows when where and why u just had ur ID ran, no thank you
  • Aw come on security guards have to know by now about how much authority they have outside the boundary over which they have guardianship. and the police are proving that the courts are right . the police don’t have to have any intelligence.! Even I know that no trespassing means beyond the sign.on the land behind the fence and i haven’t been to police academy. He proves he can read badly but comprhension is obviously beyond his tiny brain. and criminal tresspass means she has to do something wrong any way. pleasre say police are being trained better than this bumbler who is also prone to conspracy theories.! And he then became a stalker my goodness he is so desperate for some excitement in his life. Please put your citizens out of suspense and allocate the shiny boots, the armbands with ss on them and their “papers” !

 

  • Walking down a public easement with a camera and no guns or weapons and stop by armed man .
  • This cop had no idea what to do because he didn’t know the law. He didn’t even know what an easement was…..POS..
  • She did NOT pull them away from their duty’s, the cop did.
  • I’m a cop but wait I’ll have the cops here in a minute.
  • He said enclosed by a fence! The grassed area is not fenced!
  • Seems he got upset he had to read something, seems to not enjoy reading.
  • She is on the EASEMENT !!!!! Full stop.

 

TikTok Official SPUTTERS When Pressed On Chinese Gov Ties | Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar

Krystal and Saagar revisit the subject of Chinese government influence over social media app TikTok now that a representative from the company has finally appeared in front of congress

Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook. Looks like it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy.

It looks like Apple and Facebook are at war over Facebook’s anti-privacy “engagement” business model:

  • Apple is introducing privacy controls to iOS14 which allow users to control who tracks them
  • Facebook took out newspaper ads attacking Apple for potentially harming its “targeted” advertising model.

 

Tim Cook’s Speech:

In a recent speech at Brussels’ International Data Privacy Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Cook’s speech seems to be a direct response to Facebook’s recent attack on Apple, in which the world’s largest social network took out full-page ads in several newspapers attacking Apple’s new privacy changes.

Technology does not need vast troves of personal data stitched together across dozens of websites and apps in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it, and we’re here today because the path of least resistance is rarely the path of wisdom.

If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve our praise. It deserves reform.

We should not look away from the bigger picture and a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theory is juiced by algorithms. We can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement, the longer the better, and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible.

Too many are still asking the question, ‘How much can we get away with?’ When they need to be asking, ‘What are the consequences?’

What are the consequences of prioritizing conspiracy theories and violent incitement simply because of the high rates of engagement?

What are the consequences of not just tolerating but rewarding content that undermines public trust in life-saving vaccinations?

What are the consequences of seeing thousands of users joining extremist groups and then perpetuating an algorithm that recommends even more?

It is long past time to stop pretending that this approach doesn’t come with a cause. A polarization of lost trust, and yes, of violence.

A social dilemma cannot be allowed to become a social catastrophe.

How the Trump Campaign’s Mobile App Is Collecting Massive Amounts of Voter Data

Since the Trump campaign set up a shell company called American Made Media Consultants, in 2018, an entity it describes as a “vendor responsible for arranging and executing media buys and related services at fair market value,” it’s been nearly impossible to know whom the campaign is paying, for what, and how much. But, on May 27th, Alan Knitowski, the C.E.O. of Phunware, an Austin-based ad broker and software company, announced a “strategic relationship with American Made Media Consultants on the development, launch and ongoing management and evolution of the Trump-Pence 2020 Reelection Campaign’s mobile application portfolio.” Although Phunware never showed up in the campaign’s F.E.C. reports, Phunware’s S.E.C. filings show that, since last year, it has been paid around four million dollars by A.M.M.C.

On its face, Phunware seems like a strange choice to develop the campaign’s app. Before working for President Trump, Phunware’s software was being used in relatively few applications, the most popular being a horoscope app. And, since 2019, it has been embroiled in a lawsuit with Uber, a former client of the company’s ad-placement business. The dispute stems from a yearlong investigation by two former Phunware employees who discovered that the company was pretending to place Uber ads on Web sites like CNN when, in fact, they were appearing on pornography sites, among others, if they appeared at all. But, according to former Phunware employees and business associates, the company’s value to the Trump campaign is not in software development. “The Trump campaign is not paying Phunware four million dollars for an app,” a former business partner of the company told me. “They are paying for data. They are paying for targeted advertising services. Imagine if every time I open my phone I see a campaign message that Joe Biden’s America means we’re going to have war in the streets. That’s the service the Trump campaign and Brad Parscale”—the Trump campaign’s senior adviser for data and digital operations—“have bought from Phunware. An app is just part of the package.”

The Trump 2020 app is a massive data-collection tool in its own right. When it launched, on April 23rd, Parscale, who was then Trump’s campaign manager, urged his followers on Facebook to “download the groundbreaking Official Trump 2020 App—unlike other lame political apps you’ve seen.” Despite the hype, the 2020 app recapitulates many of the functions found on the 2016 app. There’s a news feed with Trump’s social-media posts, an events calendar, and recorded videos. The “gaming” features that distinguished the 2016 app are still prominent—a “Trump’s army” member who accumulates a hundred thousand points by sharing contacts or raising money is promised a photograph with the President, while other members can use points to get discounts on maga gear. Users are prompted to invite friends to download the app—more points!—and can use the app to sign up to make calls on behalf of the campaign, to be a poll watcher, to register voters, and to get tickets to virtual and in-person events.

The most obvious new feature on the 2020 app is a live news broadcast, carefully curated by the campaign to push the President’s talking points. It is hosted by a cast of campaign surrogates, including Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump, Jr.,’s girlfriend and the campaign’s national finance chair. There are also channels aimed at particular demographic groups, among them Women for Trump, Black Voices for Trump, and Latinos for Trump. Though it is a crude approximation of a traditional news outlet, the Trump app enables users to stay fully sequestered within the fact-optional Trump universe. “I think everything we do is to counter the media,” Parscale told Reuters in June. “This is another tool in the tool shed to fight that fight, and it’s a big tool.” In May, after Twitter labelled one of Trump’s tweets as being in violation of its standards, sparking renewed claims of liberal-media censorship of conservatives (despite the fact that the tweet was not taken down), downloads of the campaign app soared.

To access the Trump app, users must share their cell-phone numbers with the campaign. “The most important, golden thing in politics is a cellphone number,” Parscale told Reuters. “When we receive cellphone numbers, it really allows us to identify them across the databases. Who are they, voting history, everything.” Michael Marinaccio, the chief operating officer of Data Trust, a private Republican data company, said recently that “what’s new this year, or at least a sense of urgency, is getting as many cell-phone numbers as we can in the voter file data.” An effective way to do that is to entice supporters to share not only their own cell-phone numbers with the campaign but those of their contacts as well. One estimate, by Eliran Sapir, the C.E.O. of Apptopia, a mobile-analytics company, is that 1.4 million app downloads could provide upward of a hundred million phone numbers. This will enable the Trump campaign to find and target people who have not consented to handing over their personal information. It’s not unlike how Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest the data of nearly ninety million unsuspecting Facebook users, only this time it is one’s friends, family, and acquaintances who are willfully handing over the data for a chance to get a twenty-five-dollar discount on a maga hat.

By contrast, the new Biden app still collects data on users, but it outlines the specific uses of that data and doesn’t automatically collect the e-mail and phone numbers of users’ friends and family. “Unlike the Biden app, which seeks to provide users with awareness and control of the specific uses of their data, the Trump app collects as much as it can using an opt-out system and makes no promises as to the specific uses of that data,” Samuel Woolley, the director of the propaganda research project at the University of Texas’s Center for Media Engagement, told me. “They just try to get people to turn over as much as possible.”

A Trump spokesperson told me, “The Trump 2020 app was built by Phunware as a one-stop destination with a variety of tools to get voters engaged with President Trump’s reëlection campaign.” Among its main contributions to the app’s data-mining capabilities is a “location experience kit,” which the company had previously marketed to hospitals and malls to help people navigate unfamiliar buildings. Visitors could pair their phone’s Bluetooth with beacons set up throughout the facility. Initially, the Trump 2020 app was built around big rallies, where this feature would have been useful. According to one former employee, however, the company’s location software, which functions even when the app is not open, may be capable of sucking up more than geographic coördinates. It could potentially “sniff out all of the information you have on your phone. Any sort of registration data, your name, your phone number, potentially your Social Security number, and other pieces of data. It could sniff out how many apps you have on your phone, what type of apps you have on your phone, what apps you deleted recently, how much time you’ve spent in an app, and your dwell time at various specific locations. It could give a very intimate picture of that individual and their relationship with that mobile device.” (Phunware did not respond to multiple requests for comment.)

In 2017, as Phunware was moving into the election space, the company’s Web site announced, “As soon as the first few campaigns recognize the value of mobile ad targeting for voter engagement, the floodgates will open. Which campaign will get there first and strike it rich?” A year later, according to people familiar with the effort, the company used its location-tracking capabilities to create a lobbying campaign on behalf of a health-care company aiming to influence legislators in Georgia. It put a “geofencearound the governor’s mansion that recorded the I.D. of every device that went in and out of the building, and then used the I.D.s to send targeted messages to those phones (likely including the governor’s) about the legislation it was aiming to influence. The legislation passed. Phunware’s leadership has also discussed their ability to geofence polling places, according to people who were present during these discussions, in order to send targeted campaign ads to voters as they step into the voting booth. While it is illegal to advertise in the vicinity of the polls, using location data in this way to send targeted ads could enable a campaign to breach that border surreptitiously.

Phunware’s data collection on behalf of the Trump campaign likely extends beyond the app as well. According to Phunware’s chief operating officer, Randall Crowder, the company has created a “data exchange” that “enables digital marketers to design custom audiences within minutes using geographic, interest, intent, and demographic segments . . . high-quality G.P.S. location data points from one hundred million-plus devices in the United States to increase scale of location-based audiences.” In its promotional materials, the company also claims to have unique device I.D.s for more than a billion mobile devices worldwide, and to have developed what it calls a Knowledge Graph—a “consumer-centric collection of actions, preferences, characteristics and predicted behavior” from the data it has siphoned from mobile phones and tablets. Much like Facebook’s social graph, which has been described as “the global mapping of everybody and how they’re related,” this enables the company to quickly sort through large data sets, uncovering connections and relations that otherwise would be obscured. For example: middle-aged women who live alone, rarely vote, own guns, and live in a border state.

So how did Phunware obtain a billion unique device I.D.s? As the company described it to the S.E.C., they were collected from phones and tablets that use Phunware’s software. But, according to people who have worked with the company, in addition to the data it obtains through its software, Phunware has been using its ad-placement business as a wholesale data-mining operation. When it bids to place an ad in an app like, for example, Pandora, it scoops up the I.D. of every phone and tablet that would have been exposed to the ad, even if it loses the bid. By collecting and storing this information, the company is able to compile a fairly comprehensive picture of every app downloaded on those devices, and any registration data a user has shared in order to use the app.

This information can yield rich demographic data. If a campaign is looking for young men with an affinity for guns, for instance, it might look at who has downloaded both Call of Duty and CCW, the Concealed Carry Fifty State app. Then, using the location data associated with the device I.D., the data can be unmasked and linked to an individual. Once a campaign knows who someone is, and where a person lives, it is not difficult to start building a voter file, and using this information to tailor ads and messages.

Tom Wheeler, the former chair of the Federal Communications Commission, told me, “These are Cambridge Analytica-like techniques. It’s collecting the descriptive power of data from multiple sources, most of which the consumer doesn’t even know are being collected. And that’s what Cambridge Analytica did.”

In late July, a group of lawmakers, led by Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, and his Democratic colleague Ron Wyden, of Oregon, sent a letter to the chair of the Federal Trade Commission asking him to investigate whether using bidding information in this way constitutes an unfair and deceptive practice. “Few Americans realize that companies are siphoning off and sharing that ‘bidstream’ data to compile exhaustive dossiers about them,” they wrote, “which are then sold to hedge funds, political campaigns, and even to the government without court orders.” According to Charles Manning, the C.E.O. of Kochava, a data marketplace, “There are no regulatory bodies that appear to be aware of the technological foundations upon which digital advertising operates. This is a challenge, because without understanding how programmatic ads are bought and sold, regulators face an uphill battle in applying regulation that deals with opaque supply chains where fraudulent behavior can flourish.”

The Trump app, at least, is explicit about what it expects from its users: “You may be asked to provide certain information, including your name, username, password, e-mail, date of birth, gender, address, employment information, and other descriptive information,” the app’s privacy policy states. “The Services [of the app] may include features that rely on the use of information stored on, or made available through, your mobile Device. . . . We . . . reserve the right to store any information about the people you contact via the Services. . . . We reserve the right to use, share, exchange and/or disclose to DJTFP affiliated committee and third parties any of your information for any lawful purpose.” (When I asked Woolley why the campaign was asking supporters to share their contacts, since it already had access to them through the app’s permissions, he pointed out that, when a user shares their contacts to earn points, “that actually sends out messages to your contacts asking them to download the app. So rather than just getting data on your friends and family, they are able to also reach out to them using you as a reference.”)

The policy also notes that the campaign will be collecting information gleaned from G.P.S. and other location services, and that users will be tracked as they move around the Internet. Users also agree to give the campaign access to the phone’s Bluetooth connection, calendar, storage, and microphone, as well as permission to read the contents of their memory card, modify or delete the contents of the card, view the phone status and identity, view its Wi-Fi connections, and prevent the phone from going to sleep. These permissions give the Trump data operation access to the intimate details of users’ lives, the ability to listen in on those lives, and to follow users everywhere they go. It’s a colossal—and essentially free—data-mining enterprise. As Woolley and his colleague Jacob Gursky wrote in MIT Technology Review, the Trump 2020 app is “a voter surveillance tool of extraordinary power.”

I learned this firsthand after downloading the Trump 2020 app on a burner phone I bought in order to examine it, using an alias and a new e-mail address. Two days later, the President sent me a note, thanking me for joining his team. Lara Trump invited me (for a small donation) to become a Presidential adviser. Eric Trump called me one of his father’s “FIERCEST supporters from the beginning.” But the messages I began getting from the Trump campaign every couple of hours were sent not only to the name and address I’d used to access the app. They were also sent to the e-mail address and name associated with the credit card I’d used to buy the phone and its sim card, neither of which I had shared with the campaign. Despite my best efforts, they knew who I was and where to reach me.

Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

On the eve of his memoir ‘Permanent Record’ being published, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talked at length from Moscow with MSNBC’s Brian Williams in an exclusive interview. This is their discussion in its entirety, edited down slightly for clarity.