Google sends US police geo-data of suspects

Law enforcement agencies in the United States have increasingly begun to use data on the location of people for their investigations.

How the police use it?

When a crime is committed, the police are requesting a warrant from Google to provide information about all the devices that were in the area. According to one Google employee, the company receives about 180 requests per week. The company refuses to confirm the exact figures.

The Location History feature saves the location even if the user does not include Google Maps. Tracking can occur in the background. It has been proven that this method works, but there have already been cases when the police used data to charge innocent people.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that investigators obtain a second warrant from a judge before they reveal identification information. With the help of another warrant, more extensive data will be available to the police, including emails.

Source: New York Times

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