2020 Oct 8, 9:12am
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There are few things as revealing as a person's search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect....the report provides another example of a growing trend of data requests to the search engine giant in which investigators demand data on a large group of users rather than a specific request on a single suspect. "This 'keyword warrant' evades the Fourth Amendment checks on police surveillance," said Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. "When a court authorizes a data dump of every person who searched for a specific term or address, it's likely unconstitutional." ...The keyword warrants are similar to geofence warrants, in which police make requests to Google for data on all devices logged in at a specific area and time. Google received 15 times more geofence warrant requests in 2018 compared with 2017, and five times more in 2019 than 2018. The rise in reverse requests from police have troubled Google staffers, according to internal emails. Google declined to disclose how many keyword warrants it's received in the last three years. Reverse search warrants like geofence warrants are being challenged across the US for violating civil rights. Lawmakers in New York have proposed legislation to make these searches illegal, while in Illinois, a federal judge found that the practice violated the Fourth Amendment.
No one should use Google for anything, ever. You should block every Google domain from being accessed from your computer.
I would just Google it.
https://duckduckgo.com/ is pretty good. Doesn't have everything, but does have most things.
It is not. Completely different back end.
Patrick sayshttps://duckduckgo.com/ is pretty good. Doesn't have everything, but does have most things.It's Google with an alternate skin. DDG is still powered by Google, is it not?That has always been my understanding, and with the exception of a few search terms, side by side comparisons yield the same results.
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