Mar 092022

There are multiple places government agencies can go to acquire location data. The Supreme Court’s Carpenter decision put a damper on warrantless demands, but the private sector has rushed to fill this hole in the law enforcement market by selling access to data pulled from apps that don’t (currently) require a warrant to access. But this data tends to be vague and/or incomplete. There’s one company that collects location data with a frequency that rivals that of cell phone providers: Google. And while warrants may be technically in use, these warrants reverse the expectations of probable cause by turning everyone in a geofenced area into a suspect before investigators work backwards from the location data to…

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