A Muslim prayer app that tells its users when to pray has reportedly sold user location data to a company that sells to U.S. military contractors.
In a report by Joseph Cox for Vice, it has been revealed that Muslim Pro, an app with over 98 million downloads, is being utilized by the military for "counterterrorism" purposes. The U.S. military has used, or continues to use two different data streams, Babel Street and X-Mode, to obtain location data. The latter of the two gets its location information from apps directly, which it has sold to contractors that include the military.
Muslim Pro isn't the only Muslim-oriented app that has sent data to X-Mode, but it is the biggest. Another one of the apps that has been targeted is Muslim Mingle, a dating app that has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
Minnesota House representative Ilhan Omar criticized both the military and the companies behind the apps in a brief tweet on Monday. "The military industrial complex and the surveillance state have always had a cozy relationship with tech," she wrote. "Buying bulk data in order to profile Muslims is par for the course for them - and is absolutely sickening. It should be illegal!"
Check out what Twitter had to say about the report below.