Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps.

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

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.

Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Geofence warrants work in reverse: Police start with a time and location, and request data from Google or another tech company about the devices in the area at the time.“This is as clear as day a fishing expedition that violates people's basic constitutional rights,” says New York state assemblymember Dan Quart.

The Average Person’s Guide to Digital Privacy

The Average Person’s Guide to Digital Privacy

This is the part of the guide where I would ask you to run out and buy a Google Pixel, then turn off the lights, fire up a terminal, and spend a few hours hunched over your computer, figuring out how to install a custom OS like Calyx or Graphene.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

The Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress as the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has added in an amendment that would open up internet history to the list of information that the FBI and DOJ would be able to access without a warrant.

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

The Senate last week passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act that included language from Mitch McConnell granting the FBI authority to see web-browsing records without a warrant.

How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

If the law passes and the Patriot Act grants the FBI warrantless access to the internet history of Americans, the best way to protect your internet history is with a VPN.

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant.

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

A key amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 that would have required authorities to obtain a warrant before gaining access to American internet browsing and search history just failed on the Senate floor by a single vote.

New York State Assembly  -  Bill Search and Legislative Information

New York State Assembly - Bill Search and Legislative Information

Section 2 amends the criminal procedure law to create a new article 695, prohibiting reverse location searches, through warrant or court order, by law enforcement officers.

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

If Winner wasn’t found the way the complaint claims, the mysterious dot code is one other way the FBI could have found her, as the research blog Errata Security spelled out in detail.

Google location data turned a random biker into a burglary suspect

Google location data turned a random biker into a burglary suspect

A Florida man who used a fitness app to track his bike rides found himself a suspect in a burglary when police used a geofence warrant to collect data from nearby devices, an NBC News investigation finds.

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

The search warrant was based on the idea that the man had "stolen" a GPS tracking device belonging to the government.Last Thursday, Indiana's highest court made it official, ruling that the search warrant that allowed police to recover Heuring's meth was illegal.

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

DHS uses the data purchased from private marketing companies to generate law enforcement leads and search for undocumented immigrants, according to the Journal, which first broke news of the arrangements on Friday.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

For months, legal experts who follow investigative genetic genealogy have expected search warrants to be issued to Ancestry and its main competitor, 23andMe, which has about 10 million DNA profiles in its database.

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

In a decision [PDF] that could put an end to a practice that civil-liberties groups have decried as illegal for years, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit noted that the way the Feds today use a database of seized communications “would be at odds with the bedrock Fourth Amendment concept that law enforcement agents may not invade the privacy of individuals without some objective reason to believe that evidence of crime will be found by a search.”.

If You Think Encryption Back Doors Won't Be Abused, You May Be a Member of Congress

If You Think Encryption Back Doors Won't Be Abused, You May Be a Member of Congress

Virtually every tech expert and privacy advocate under the sun has warned virtually every government official in the world that "back doors" that let police bypass encryption has the potential to cause huge harms and actually makes citizens even more vulnerable to crime.

Don't (Geo)Fence Me In: Courts Order Google To Give Up Location Data

Don't (Geo)Fence Me In: Courts Order Google To Give Up Location Data

The warrant is served on any entity that has collected location data and calls for information about any devices that were near a specific location at a particular time.

Uber reports a sharp rise in government demands for user data

Uber reports a sharp rise in government demands for user data

The ride-hailing company said the number of law enforcement demands for user data during 2018 are up 27% on the year earlier, according to its annual transparency report published Wednesday.

Cops Need a Warrant to Access Your Car's Data, Court Rules

Cops Need a Warrant to Access Your Car's Data, Court Rules

The court’s ruling is the first time a state Supreme Court has recognized the potential danger to privacy and constitutional rights created by allowing access to car data without judicial oversight.

Arizona’s constitutional right to privacy extends to internet privacy, rules judge – other states left in the cold

Arizona’s constitutional right to privacy extends to internet privacy, rules judge – other states left in the cold

Notably, the court emphasizes that the Fourth Amendment of the federally binding US Constitution does not protect internet users from having their information handed over to law enforcement without a warrant because users willingly give that information to the third party (the ISP in this case).

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Unlike probable cause, which is the standard required for obtaining a search warrant, reasonable suspicion is a more lenient rule that lets law enforcement officials conduct searches without getting a warrant first.

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime.

GitHub - tg12/slow_the_bots: Slow the bot's by spoofing what they are looking for!

GitHub - tg12/slow_the_bots: Slow the bot's by spoofing what they are looking for!

Slow the bot's by spoofing what they are looking for! This is a honeypot project. Are you sick of this in your log files? Install Ubuntu and Apache, (Default log directory /var/www/html/). */5 * * * * python3 /path/to/slow_the_ >/dev/null 2>&1.

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Under the bipartisan Protecting Data at the Border Act, border officers would be required to get a warrant before searching a traveler’s electronic device. Further, the bill would prevent border agencies from holding any lawful U.S. persons for over four hours in pursuit of consensual access to online accounts or the information on electronic equipment.

Federal police raid home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst

Federal police raid home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst

The Australian federal police have raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst investigating the publication of a leaked plan to allow government spying on Australians.

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Healthcare organizations (HCOs) are increasingly at risk from legacy operating systems, device complexity and the use of commonly exploited protocols, according to a new study from Forescout.

The Government Spied on Me. You Could Be Next.

The Government Spied on Me. You Could Be Next.

Intel sources have told me that when aggressive government agents want to listen in on somebody but know they cannot justify a warrant, they simply find a target around that person and capture their communications in the incidental spying.

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here’s What We Found Out.

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here’s What We Found Out.

The information we uncovered through our lawsuit shows that CBP and ICE are asserting near-unfettered authority to search and seize travelers’ devices at the border, for purposes far afield from the enforcement of immigration and customs laws.