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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"Police Requests for Google Users’ Location Histories Face New Scrutiny"

From The Wall Street Journal:

Police use of a type of warrant to monitor Google users’ locations en masse is staring down its first legal and political challenges as scrutiny of law enforcement tactics grows.

Criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco are disputing “geofence” warrants, which authorities can use to scan geographic areas and time periods for suspects through user location histories stored by technology companies. As these motions await arguments and potential decisions as soon as August, New York lawmakers are pushing legislation to ban the practice.

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