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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:32 PM

How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move

https://theintercept.com/2015/11/06/how-law-enforcement-can-use-google-timeline-to-track-your-every-move/

How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move
Jana Winter

Nov. 6 2015, 8:53 a.m.

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 Timeline allows users to look back at their daily movements on a map; that same information is also potentially of interest to law enforcement. “It is now possible to submit a legal demand to Google for location history greater than six months old,” the report says. “This could revitalize cold cases and potentially help solve active investigations.”

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“Consider including Gmail, photos and videos, search history, contacts, applications, other connected devices, Google Voice and Google Wallet, if they are relevant to the investigation,” the report suggests. Investigators are also advised to include a non-disclosure order with their search warrants for Google data, which prevents the company from notifying the account holder that their data is being provided to law enforcement.

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Intelligence gathering is now ready to be privatized.

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Reply How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move (Original post)
marble falls Nov 2015 OP
lpbk2713 Nov 2015 #1
femmocrat Nov 2015 #3
VanillaRhapsody Nov 2015 #8
femmocrat Nov 2015 #9
Ex Lurker Nov 2015 #10
itsrobert Nov 2015 #4
still_one Nov 2015 #7
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Nov 2015 #2
marym625 Nov 2015 #5
still_one Nov 2015 #6
cui bono Nov 2015 #11
still_one Nov 2015 #18
cui bono Nov 2015 #19
hobbit709 Nov 2015 #12
Nye Bevan Nov 2015 #13
hobbit709 Nov 2015 #15
PasadenaTrudy Nov 2015 #16
hobbit709 Nov 2015 #17
cui bono Nov 2015 #20
hobbit709 Nov 2015 #21
cui bono Nov 2015 #22
hobbit709 Nov 2015 #23
cui bono Nov 2015 #24
marble falls Nov 2015 #14

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:37 PM

1. I enjoy the simple life.




A plain old white bread flip phone and NO social networking.

And I don't feel like I am missing out on a thing.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:40 PM

3. Same here.

No one can track my cell phone location if it is always turned off. LOL

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 03:04 PM

8. They can listen to your phone even when it is off....

 

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Response to VanillaRhapsody (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 03:06 PM

9. Really?

Ha.... they would be very bored then!

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Response to VanillaRhapsody (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 03:06 PM

10. Not if you remove the battery NT

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:44 PM

4. You don't have to have a smart phone to be tracked

Your phone while on is constantly pinging the wireless network. The data can be easily used to track you.

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:55 PM

7. Actually, if you have a phone with a removable battery, you can just remove the battery, but that is

becoming more rare today.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:38 PM

2. I see the creation of companies that will leave false data trails for you for a fee.

They do not 'condone' committing crimes, but merely offer a service to provide google trails to 'show' you were busy surfing the web from a hotspot in place x during time period y.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:52 PM

5. K&R!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:53 PM

6. Just don't turn it on, problem solved. A lot of folks have Facebook and twitter accounts, and throw

out all kinds of information about themselves, and then don't understand why big brother is able to monitor what you are doing, or what you have done.

If folks are worried about things like that, then don't connect

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Response to still_one (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 06:14 PM

11. But then we're still losing our constitutional right to privacy.

I think what we need is stricter laws on data collection as well as enforcement of our privacy rights with the government.

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Response to cui bono (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:27 PM

18. That may be, but since I don't allow these services to "follow me", I won't give them the

opportunity to track me via those services, though there is no doubt they can use other methods, including internet usage, or surveillance cameras throughout most cities.

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Response to still_one (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:41 PM

19. Yes, unfortunately it is pervasive.

It's too bad because I think people just give up because of that. I hope someone keeps up the good fight. Sadly, kids are growing up with their lives all out in public so I'm not sure there's any chance of keeping the right to privacy alive.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 06:23 PM

12. Simple solution-don't use any of those features, turn them OFF.

My cell phone is only used to make or receive calls. Wifi and Bluetooth are set to OFF. I've never set up Google for anything on it. There's only about 12 people that even have my number. The music I have on it I downloaded directly from my computer. Any pictures I take with it are uploaded directly to my computer through the USB cable. 90% of the time it's turned OFF.

I don't feel the need to be on FB or other social media 24/7. When I walk out the door I don't care about emails.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 07:08 PM

13. None of that matters. They can still track you.

Even with wifi off your phone is constantly "pinging" cell towers and they can triangulate this data to get your location.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 08:04 PM

15. My phone is OFF 90% of the time, not just wifi.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 08:31 PM

16. Not realistic

for most people nowadays.

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 08:32 PM

17. Would be for those not addicted to social media.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:42 PM

20. It's not just social media. People use their phones for work constantly these days.

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Response to cui bono (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:47 PM

21. Yeah, down at the local coffeeshop where they hang out for hours

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:50 PM

22. Are those people working? I know many people, including myself, that need to use the phone for work.

Just because you don't seem to know this does not make it false.

It's pretty ridiculous that you don't believe it. Maybe you live in a very rural area but here in Los Angeles it is extremely common.

Edit: I see you live in "stoned". No wonder you don't see it.

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Response to cui bono (Reply #22)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:53 PM

23. Most of the working people I know don't spend much time on their cell phone.

And L.A. isn't real either. There's a million people in Austin now.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 09:55 PM

24. Most of the working people I know need to use their phones for work.

Damn, if I'm living in a fantasy you'd think I'd have made it a better one.



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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 07:31 PM

14. They can count dimples on golf balls from a satilite. The only thing that gives me hope is the .....

shear volume and noise of information thrown around and collected. How do they sift through it?

I think we're going to become the new Ceausescu/Romania with 1/4 of the population is involved somehow with gathering information about and providing state security for the other 3/4 of the population Or East German. All in the name of State Security.

Its amazing how much of it is privatized. There's a new big industry if the Teapublicans decide to privatize NSA, CIA.

Google and Facebook will be there to fill the bill.

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