THE RECENT EXPANSION of Google’s Timeline feature can provide investigators unprecedented access to users’ location history data, allowing them in many cases to track a person’s every move over the course of years, according to a report recently circulated to law enforcement.
“The personal privacy implications are pretty clear but so are the law enforcement applications,” according to the document, titled “Google Timelines: Location Investigations Involving Android Devices,” which outlines the kind of information investigators can now obtain.
The significant barrier law enforcement encounters is that Google does not offer any additional advice or help on deciphering data, once it is turned over under subpoena or warrant. “According to discussions with other law enforcement investigators and prosecutors, they have ignored efforts to bring them into court to talk about the problem,”
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