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Police Departments Are Forcing Google to Reveal Location Data of Everyone Near Crime Scenes

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Police departments across the country have been knocking at Google’s door for at least the last two years with warrants to tap into the company’s extensive stores of cell phone location data.

Known as “reverse location search warrants,” these legal mandates allow law enforcement to sweep up the coordinates and movements of every cell phone in a broad area. 

By doing so, police gather the location data of potentially hundreds (or thousands) of innocent people.

It’s unclear how widespread the practice is, but privacy advocates worry that Google’s data will eventually allow more and more departments to conduct indiscriminate searches.

Curated from Slate

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