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Everything you search for on Google is now easily obtained by police

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:

If you thought that your search engine history was private, think again. It’s not. Or, at least, it may not be, depending on whether or not you’re under police investigation.

According to The Free Thought Project, a court in Minnesota has recently ruled that an entire city’s search history should be made available to police, an Orwellian first as far as anyone can tell. It may well mark the beginning of the end of Internet freedom.

Cops in Edina, Minn., were granted a warrant that requires search giant Google to provide search history information and the names of everyone in the city who utilized specific search terms between Dec. 1, 2016, and Jan. 7, 2017. (RELATED: BOMBSHELL Investigation: Google An “Information Dominance” Front For The CIA)

Now mind you, this case isn’t about a nuclear bomb plot, a planned act of terrorism, a major jewel heist or child porn. Rather, ARS Technica notes, the case is about alleged wire fraud worth less than $30,000. But if Google honors the warrant, like it probably will have to do since the warrant is a legal document issued by a valid court, that would be a horrible precedent moving forward because it could be duplicated by departments all over the country.

ARS Technica reports that police investigators are looking for an online picture of a person with the same name as a local victim of financial fraud because said image was found on a phony passport that was utilized to fool a credit union into transferring some $28,500 out of a man’s account who takes up residence in Edina. Someone faxed the fake passport to the credit union as ‘proof’ of identity under a spoofed phone number to mimic the victim’s phone, the search warrant notes.

The Free Thought Project reported further:

The ominously worded warrant makes some chilling demands — all over a small fraud case.

A Google search, the warrant application says, as reported by Ars Technica, reveals the photo used on the bogus passport. The image was not rendered on Yahoo or Bing, according to the documents. The warrant commands Google to divulge “any/all user or subscriber information”—including e-mail addresses, payment information, MAC addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, and IP addresses—of anybody who conducted a search for the victim’s name.

What makes this warrant so worrisome, especially if Google complies with it, is that it seems to go far beyond the legal standard of probable cause. While it appears likely that something illegal may have happened, it’s obvious that most, if not all, of the people in Edina are not guilty of doing anything wrong. Granted, cops have to investigate but how can a court reasonably assume that everyone in an entire city is under suspicion, thereby satisfying the legal standard of probable cause?

That seems a stretch, to say the least.

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1 comment to Everything you search for on Google is now easily obtained by police

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I am having search engine results from “Startpage.com” that are good enough to keep me from using Google.

    I also use (when I need MORE results or different options), Yandex.com ,,, DuckDuckGo, Dogpile, ixquick.eu, Quant, and several others.

    I “added” them to my Firefox search bar, and I try to AVOID using Google, Bing, Yahoo,

    I also installed “Midori Private Browser” to my computer. (there are MORE “private browsers” out there too.)
    Some Browsers have a ‘PRIVATE browsing mode’. Check into it.

    If I really wanted to get super private, there are other things you can add to your list of setups…such as…

    VPN (some are NOT secure at all, STAY away from VPN’s based in the USA, UK, etc because by law, they must reveal everything to agencies and not tell you.)

    T.O.R. Browser (The Onion Router) It makes more jumps to scramble tracking of your location, so it will be noticeably slower response due to the extra work it’s doing on your behalf.

    But to have TRUE privacy & security may be impossible, but you can get pretty complicated setup and be pretty decent, but if “they” REALLY want to focus on you, there really is not much you can do. Even if you live in a “Little House on the Prairie” without electricity of any kind, they can sit some distance away (or even in a plane?) and point an infrared laser at one of your house windows, bounce off the glass, and their infrared receiver & gear, will LISTEN to all the sounds in your room or home just as if they were standing at your window and glued a sensitive microphone to the glass. (You can even buy this system for your own use, often for less than $500)

    I don’t have any photos on Facebook and don’t use it for messages unless it’s to establish an initial contact. I’m not on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.

    My email account is based in Russia (Yandex.com is Russia’s competition against Google), and if Russia is good enough for Snowden’s privacy concerns, then it’s certainly better than having Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Rocketmail, etc.

    You can install a VPN onto the better “routers”, but you can also get a low priced router from a list of routers that are compatible with DD-WRT (open source firmware update that replaces your router’s software with more powerful software that allows even some $30 routers to accomplish things that are normally only available in routers costing much more money….such as VPN, Bridging, and other stuff.)

    By installing the VPN on your router instead of your computer, it SHOULD give a better layer of privacy because there are NOT as many hacks for routers as there is for computers.

    I don’t know if TOMATO (router software) is still supported or not. I used to have a router with Tomato on it, and now I’ve got a router with DD-WRT on it. I had to do a lot of reading to figure out WHICH router was capable, and did not have the wrong “bugs” in it.

    To get started on learning some stuff about DD-WRT on routers, check out the WIKI page about it.

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