Phunware'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 & Brad Parscale have bought from Phunware."
"There are also channels aimed at particular demographic groups, among them Women for Trump, Black Voices for Trump, and Latinos for Trump. ... the Trump app enables users to stay fully sequestered within the fact-optional Trump universe."

cc: @thespybrief @tburages @RUMINT79
".. users must share their cell-phone numbers w/ the campaign."

Parscale: "The most important, golden thing in politics is a cellphone number. When we receive cellphone numbers, it really allows us to identify them across the databases. Who are they, voting history, everything.”
"One estimate, by Eliran Sapir, the CEO of Apptopia... is that 1.4M app downloads could provide upward of 100M phone numbers. This will enable the Trump campaign to find & target people who have not consented to handing over their personal information."

@VickerySec @ThomasS4217
"It’s not unlike how Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest the data of nearly 90M unsuspecting Facebook users, only this time it is one’s friends, family, & acquaintances who are willfully handing over the data for a chance to get a $25 discount on a maga hat."
🚨Phunware "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.' "

cc: @SlickRockWeb @briankrebs @carolecadwalla @jennycohn1
👀"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."

cc: @VickerySec @MountainsStars @arapaho415
Phunware "has created a 'data exchange' that 'enables digital marketers to design custom audiences within minutes using geographic, interest, intent, and demographic segments... high-quality GPS location data points from one hundred million-plus devices in the United States..' "
Phunware "also claims to have unique device IDs 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.."
🚨"When [Phunware] 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."

cc: @VickerySec @EmmaLBriant @emlas @ninaandtito @SueUvino @Pooterbugsmom @suewall42
"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."

cc: @JamesFourM @Agenthades1 @ericgarland @counterchekist @donie @AJVicens @dellcam
Messages "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."

- @suehalpernVT

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