The new warrant: how police mine Google for your location and search history

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Geofence location and keyword warrants are new law enforcement tools that have privacy experts concerned

It was a routine bike ride around the neighborhood that landed Zachary McCoy in the crosshairs of the Gainesville, Florida, police department.

In January 2020, an alarming email from Google landed in McCoy’s inbox. Police were requesting his user data, the company told him, and McCoy had 7 days to go to court and block its release.

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