• New mass warrant reverses concepts: demands all data about everybody who searched for a specific term on Google

    3 monthes ago - By Privacy Online

    A Minnesota judge has issued a warrant to Google to provide the local police with all data relating to anybody who searched for specific keywords. This is an enormous expansion of the concept of mass surveillance, and turns all previous concepts of search and seizure on their heads: no longer is a suspect subject to search, but the entire population is dragnetted without restraint. Privacy is supposed to be protected at the citizen level, not at the search term level.
    In a small-scale fraud case, local police in the small city of Edina asked a judge to issue a warrant to Google for the...
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