Obsidian 4 is an app that “allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device,” according to Forbes. The U.S. Government is asking Apple and Google to hand over information on gun owners who have a scope on their rifles.
According to Forbes, the DOJ is trying to track illegal exports of a night vision scope made by American Technologies Network Corp. According to the company that makes the scope, the DOJ never approached them, just went straight to Google and Apple wanting the user info.
That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.