Home » Tech

Search warrant on Edina Google searches could have big implications

18 March, 2017, 21:04 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Image A copy of the search warrant. | The Reg

So the police want Google to give them a list of any information the company has on people who searched for the victim's name between 1 December and 7 January. Of course, the bank needed to verify the man's identity so he faxed in a copy of his passport which turns out, was fake.

The warrant documents were first discovered by Tony Webster, a Minneapolis-based journalist and transparency advocate, who posted the papers online after photographing them from a courthouse computer terminal. Specifically, they wanted names, email addresses, social security numbers, payment information, account data and IP addresses, which could be enough to identify where those searches were made.

Police searching for a suspect in a Minnesota wire fraud case have obtained a warrant for the records of anyone who searched Google for the victim's name, a broad-reaching request that Google said it plans to fight.

"The Fourth Amendment was adopted in large part in reaction to "general warrants" or "writs of assistance" which allowed British agents to go house to house in search of contraband", Andrew Crocker, a digital rights attorney with Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Vocativ. Ruling out the possibility of Bing and Yahoo, the police believes that the photo on the fake passport was obtained using Google Search.

Edina investigators learned that the suspect or suspects provided the credit union with the account holder's name, date of birth and Social Security number.

Larson signed off on the search warrant on February 1. If you bought a pressure cooker on Amazon a month before the Boston bombing, do police get to know about it? "But in these situations, police already have a suspect, forensically recovering internet history files from their devices to figure out what they searched", notes Webster in his blog, arguing that allowing a dragnet search of Google users by the police is to grant them a new and risky power, particularly given the relatively minor nature of the crime. Rob Kahn, a privacy law professor at the University of St. Thomas, remarked, "I'm concerned both about ensnaring innocent people but also ... that this become a pattern". Officers had initially requested the information directly from Google with an administrative subpoena, but the company declined.

"There's really very little to connect the fact that there's a photo attainable on Google with the identity theft", she said.

"If this warrant is constitutional, then the California highway patrol could ask Google for information on people who were speeding while using Google Maps", Cardozo said. On Friday, Google said: "We aren't able to comment on specific cases, but we will always push back when we receive excessively broad requests for data about our users".

Recommended:

  • State teacher's union critical of Trump's budget

    The children get a safe and enriching place to spend the afternoon and early evening, and their working parents get child care. That is true whether the money funding religious education comes from state funds or from the federal treasury.

    Sean Spicer Reportedly Apologizes to Britain For Talking Shit

    But he added that it was "very possible" Trump could have been swept up in a surveillance effort targeting foreign nationals here. Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the NSA, told BBC News the idea that Britain had a hand in spying on Trump was "just crazy".
    ColorWare iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition brings back vintage look

    ColorWare iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition brings back vintage look

    And of course, the monochrome Apple logo on the back is replaced with one in the classic and iconic rainbow stripes. It's got that slightly beige color finish to it, the "vents" on its sides, and the colorful Apple logo on the back.
  • United States  says sorry for snooping allegations against British intelligence

    United States says sorry for snooping allegations against British intelligence

    The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke with knowledge of the classified report's contents. Trump originally made the allegations against Obama on March 4 in a series of early morning tweets.
    When President Trump ousted One Direction from his hotel

    When President Trump ousted One Direction from his hotel

    The show put together Liam , Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson to form the popular band One Direction. People magazine reported that Liam chatted about his impending fatherhood when he said, "She fully supports me".

    G20 drop reference to climate change

    During the talks with Mnuchin, Aso said free trade has contributed to global economic growth and protectionism should be resisted.
  • Rajnath Singh to be chief minister of UP

    Rajnath Singh to be chief minister of UP

    As the meeting was underway to decide the CM designate, the supporters of Adityanath chanted "Yogi, Yogi" outside Lok Bhawan. Party insiders said the overwhelming mandate has posed a fresh challenge for the BJP to meet sky-high expectations.

    The Best Beauty and the Beast-Inspired Beauty Products

    In the animated version, the Enchantress is in the prologue of the movie with her portrait etched out in stained glass. The "Castle Squad", as I have come to affectionately call them, also give great performances.

    Microsoft's Windows Vista support to end in April

    This means users could possibly face some long bills if Windows 10 starts to download even small updates over metered connections. Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support.
  • NCAA Tournament: How to watch Wisconsin vs

    NCAA Tournament: How to watch Wisconsin vs

    His efficiency is off the charts - he's shooting 54 percent from the field, 39 percent from three and 87 percent from the line . Coach K is the owner of five national championships, 12 Final Four appearances, and a record 90 NCAA Tournament victories.
    Russian Federation  denies it's responsible for Yahoo hack

    Russian Federation denies it's responsible for Yahoo hack

    It's possible the timing simply coincides with the end of the investigation. "Get the most out of your life", he wrote. The Justice Department in its press conference stressed that its indictment was based on allegations .
    Basque separatist group Eta announces plan to lay down all weapons

    Basque separatist group Eta announces plan to lay down all weapons

    He said the government would not speculate on any potential disarmament. In recent years, police operations have weakened the ETA.


Popular

Andrew Napolitano's Reporting Called 'Utterly Ridiculous' by UK
The giveaway was the dossier of "news" stories that Spicer cited as "evidence" that Trump's claim wasn't totally off base. Senate intelligence committee leaders said Thursday that they had seen no indications to support Trump's assertions.

NCAA Tournament: Kansas vs. Michigan State Preview and Prediction
The star guard missed a critical front end of a 1-and-1, and Walton made it hurt with a conversion in the lane for an 86-79 lead. The Jayhawks, by comparison, feature the 16 ranked offense and average 82.7 points , 38.8 rebounds and 16.3 assists per game.

Britain: Trump spying claim 'ridiculous;' White House won't repeat it
He noted that the agency's quick, robust statement was unusual, but to stay silent "would give space to conspiracy theorists". Mr Trump wrote, "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel".

OVO Sound Radio To Debut "More Life" Tomorrow Afternoon
While exclusives make tons of money for hit artists, they're also regularly slammed for encouraging piracy and turning off fans. "I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life", he said during his OVO Sound radio show.

Turkish remarks about Dutch fascism "detached from reality" - EU's Tusk
Cavusoglu, meanwhile, has flown to France where he was set to address a rally in the eastern city of Metz on Sunday. After Turkey's family minister was escorted into Germany , Wilders tweeted: "go away and never come back".