Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, have presented Google with warrants to obtain data from mobile phones from not just specific suspects who were in a crime scene area, but from the mobile phones of all people in the area, reports Raleigh television affiliate WRAL.
The request will trouble Fourth Amendment advocates as it could be seen that police are carrying out unreasonable searches on people who just happened to be in the area at the time the crimes were committed.
And the area sizes the police requesting the data on are not small. In one instance, police requested user data from Google for anyone within a 17-acre area.For its part, Google has not revealed whether it has complied with the police request.
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The Raleigh Police are violating the constitutional rights of citizens doing this not to mention breaking the law. They need to be arrested and tried for these crimes and sued for the civil violations.
“If you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about” — Gov’t worshiping fool
Now anyone in the area of a crime is a suspect, and if it’s a high-visibility crime they need to frame someone for (and this happens all the time), they’ll have a whole list of patsies to choose from.
I’d like to see a few of these pro-surveillance morons spend a couple decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, because that’s what they need before they start thinking.
Guilt by proximity.
“… from the mobile phones of all people in the area,…”
“For its part, Google has not revealed whether it has complied with the police request.”
We already know the answer to that one.