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Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been
By Jennifer Lynch
Posted September 11, 2019

Google stores customer data foreverDo you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement.

In a new article, the New York Times details a little-known technique increasingly used by law enforcement to figure out everyone who might have been within certain geographic areas during specific time periods in the past. The technique relies on detailed location data collected by Google from most Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads that have Google Maps and other apps installed. This data resides in a Google-maintained database called “Sensorvault,” and because Google stores this data indefinitely, Sensorvault “includes detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and dating back nearly a decade.”

The data Google is turning over to law enforcement is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” It’s collected even when people aren’t making calls or using apps, which means it can be even more detailed than data generated by cell towers.

One deputy police chief said Google’s location data “shows the whole pattern of life.” More…

The Facts:
The Constitution provides at least some limited protection against government surveillance of citizens. However, transnational corporations are are not concerned of the privacy protections offered by Constitution.

Reflect On:
If corporate surveillance is allowed to continue to grow, and it continues “cooperation” with governments, how will this affect your freedoms? Do you believe that anyone under 24 hour surveillance is really free? Should Orwellian surveillance capitalism even be allowed to exist?