FEDS ALSO USING 'REVERSE WARRANTS' TO GATHER LOCATION/IDENTIFYING INFO ON THOUSANDS OF NON-SUSPECTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


FEDS ALSO USING 'REVERSE WARRANTS' TO GATHER LOCATION/IDENTIFYING INFO ON THOUSANDS OF NON-SUSPECTS

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects Because nearly everyone carries a tracking device on their person these days, it's become a whole lot easier for the government to find out where everybody's been. It's Tin Eye but for people, and it appears to be a new go-to tool for law enforcement. What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.
These so-called "reverse warrants" first started coming to light earlier this year. The Raleigh Police Department (NC) was serving warrants to Google in hopes of figuring out who to suspect of committing crimes, rather than having a suspect in mind and working forward from there. The warrants were of the "general" variety, guaranteed to give the RPD location/identifying info of hundreds of non-suspects who just happened to be in the area. There's some evidence Google has pushed back against these warrants, but it hasn't been enough to deter law enforcement from continuing to use Google as one-stop shopping to bulk location/identifying info.

This practice isn't limited to the local boys. Thomas Brewster of Forbes has obtained a warrant[PDF] showing the FBI is doing the same thing.

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