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 seven days to go to court and block its release.
McCoy later found out the request was part of an investigation into the burglary of a nearby home the year before. The evidence that cast him as a suspect was his location during his bike ride – information the police obtained from Google through what is called a geofence warrant. For simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, McCoy was being investigated and, as a result, his Google data was at risk of being handed over to the police.
Geofence location warrants and reverse search warrants such as the ones McCoy dealt with are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for law enforcement. Google revealed for the first time in August that it received 11,554 geofence location warrants from law enforcement agencies in 2020, up from 8,396 in 2019 and 982 in 2018.
It’s a concerning trend, argue experts and advocates. They worry the increase signals the start of a new era, one in which law enforcement agencies find ever more creative ways to obtain user information from data-rich tech companies. And they fear agencies and jurisdictions will use this relatively unchecked mechanism in the context of new and controversial laws such as the criminalization of nearly all abortions in Texas.
“As long as the data exists, all it takes is a creative law enforcement officer to say, ‘Hey, we can get a warrant or we can send a subpoena for this particular subset of the data that’s already being harvested’,” said Caleb Kenyon, the defense attorney who represented McCoy, to the Guardian. “They’re coming up with everything they can to do their job. That’s all it takes for the next type of [reverse] search warrant to come about.”
Dragnet search warrant
Lawyers such as Kenyon and privacy experts argue geofence and other broad warrants such as those that ask companies to sift through keywords people searched for are akin to a general warrant, made illegal by the fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unlike other kinds of search warrants, which are targeted and seek information about people who law enforcement has probable cause to believe has committed a specific crime, these warrants don’t have a particular person in mind.
hi! so i just found out that youtube is adding a new source of revenue to videos, “applause”. on every video there will be an ability to donate money directly to the channel.
major issue! youtube takes 30% of the cut. now they’ve been doing that with superchats for years, no big surprise. however you should know that if you donate through mobile, it takes an additional 30%.
so only 40% of your donation may reach the creator.
just support them on patreon, kofi or streamlabs. youtube is garbage
The latest 11.0 update means that Google Analytics is a thing on the switch and turned on. What that means is that Nintendo has a deal with Google to share with them your data for advertisement purposes.
To turn it off
go to the eShop
go to your profile where your funds and account info is
go down to the bottom of the page
there you will see “Google Analytics Preferences”
select the Change
select “Don’t Share”
Please spread the word. Really shitty of Nintendo to just quietly start allowing Google to spy on users for advertising.
PSA: Google and Autism Speaks are continuing their collaborative effort to create a genomic database on autism.
Yes, you read that right.
On the eve of Autism Acceptance Month, Google, the most widely used search engine, is teaming up with Autism Speaks to collect and send data to researchers in order to essentially "eliminate” autism. I don’t think I can understate how eugenicist this is. It is genocide by definition.
It is imperative that we speak up about this. Every autistic person (including myself) know that Autism Speaks is a hate group in all but name.
There’s not much to say about this except it is VERY wrong.
Nothing about us without us. Listen to autistic people.
(autistic people, feel free to add. allistics are encouraged to reblog but don’t be clowns)
Did y’all see the whole ass video game that google dot com just dropped on their homepage? for free?!
It has beautifully animated sakuga cutscenes and the main character is a cat that wants to be a sports champion. THE HIGH SCORES ARE COMPETING WORLD-WIDE BETWEEN FOUR DIFFERENT COLOR TEAMS, if you don’t play this game you’re missing out
hate when people think I know stuff. I dont know anything, I just use Google. I Google simple words because they look like they're spelled wrong and I cant be sure. I Google how to boil eggs every time I do it. this is who I am.
Winter Solstice 2020: This year's Winter Solstice on December 21 coincides with a special astronomical event - the "Great Conjunction" of the Jupiter and Saturn. ... On Monday evening, Jupiter and Saturn will be in a rare planetary alignment, appearing closer together in the evening sky
Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men,
we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents.
Without a prison, there can be no delinquents.
We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property.
We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth.
We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians,
therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.
We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.