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Monday, August 30, 2021

For the first time, Google has published the number of geofence warrants it's historically received from U.S. authorities, providing a rare glimpse into how frequently these controversial warrants are issued.

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...The figures, published Thursday, reveal that Google has received thousands of geofence warrants each quarter since 2018, and at times accounted for about one-quarter of all U.S. warrants that Google receives. The data shows that the vast majority of geofence warrants are obtained by local and state authorities, with federal law enforcement accounting for just 4% of all geofence warrants served on the technology giant.

According to the data, Google received 982 geofence warrants in 2018, 8,396 in 2019 and 11,554 in 2020. But the figures only provide a small glimpse into the volume of warrants received and did not break down how often it pushes back on overly broad requests....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-30 01:33 PM | Reply

Mmmm, That's good Capitalist Big Brother!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-30 02:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2

If google turns down the law enforcement requests for geofence info, then the police can always turn to companies that will be quite happy to sell them similar, or maybe even the same, information.

My guess is that law enforcement goes to google first because it is cheaper to do so.

(had to add geofence to the browser's spell checker...)


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-30 02:15 PM | Reply

Technology always goes faster than the court of law.

It is highly likely that these geofence warrants violate the 4th amendment.

#4 | Posted by BBQ at 2021-08-30 05:48 PM | Reply

There was a time when if the government really wanted to find out where you were or what you were up to they would just go door to door beating up people you knew or might know you... until someone finally volunteered the information.

Now they use the internet. It's more humane if you ask me.

On Google maps, I can see the photo of my car parked in front of my home. I think it's cool.

#5 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-08-31 09:34 AM | Reply

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