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Report: Police Using 'Reverse Location Search Warrants' to Gather Location Data from Google
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Mar 15, 2019 3:37 PM 1+ week ago

Report: Police Using `Reverse Location Search Warrants' to Gather Location Data from Google

Police departments are reportedly forcing Google to hand over user data on those who were near crime scenes using "reverse location search warrants."

"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 cellphone location data," reported Slate last month. "Known as `reverse location search warrants,' these legal mandates allow law enforcement to sweep up the coordinates and movements of every cellphone in a broad area."

"The police can then check to see if any of the phones came close to the crime scene. In doing so, however, the police can end up not only fishing for a suspect, but also gathering the location data of potentially hundreds (or thousands) of innocent people," Slate continued, adding that there "have only been anecdotal reports of reverse location searches, so ...

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