TRACKING PHONES, GOOGLE IS A DRAGNET FOR THE POLICE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

TRACKING PHONES, GOOGLE IS A DRAGNET FOR THE POLICE

echnology companies have for years responded to court orders for specific users’ information. The new warrants go further, suggesting possible suspects and witnesses in the absence of other clues. Often, Google employees said, the company responds to a single warrant with location information on dozens or hundreds of devices.

Law enforcement officials described the method as exciting, but cautioned that it was just one tool.

“It doesn’t pop out the answer like a ticker tape, saying this guy’s guilty,” said Gary Ernsdorff, a senior prosecutor in Washington State who has worked on several cases involving these warrants. Potential suspects must still be fully investigated, he added. “We’re not going to charge anybody just because Google said they were there.”

It is unclear how often these search requests have led to arrests or convictions, because many of the investigations are still open and judges frequently seal the warrants. The practice was first used by federal agents in 2016, according to Google employees, and first publicly reported last year in North Carolina. It has since spread to local departments across the country, including in California, Florida, Minnesota and Washington. This year, one Google employee said, the company received as many as 180 requests in one week. Google declined to confirm precise numbers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

it appears the Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been seamlessly integrated into a surveillance grid of Orwellian proportions.

So now, the Unhinged,Disjunct State of Amerika has 4 branches; Judicial, Legislative, Executive, and Surveillance.

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