Google sends US police geo-data of suspects

US law enforcement agencies are increasingly using people's location data to


How the police use it

When a crime is committed, the policeis seeking a warrant from Google to provide information about all devices that were located in the area. According to one Google employee, the company receives about 180 requests per week. The company refuses to confirm exact figures.

The Location History feature saves your locationlocation, even if the user does not turn on Google Maps. Tracking may occur in the background. This method has been proven to work, but there have already been cases of police using data to charge innocent people.

Some jurisdictions require thatInvestigators obtained a second warrant from a judge before the identifying information was revealed to them. With another warrant, police will have access to more extensive data, including emails.