The FBI was looking for location data for catch thief

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The FBI has requested location data to Google, covering an area of 100 acres (0.4 square km) in the framework of an investigation on a series of flights in the u.s. city of Portland, reports Forbes.

The request of data users in the region amounts to a “blind search,” said the lawyers.

It comes amid news that Google stores location data from phones, even when the location history is turned off.

But the giant of search has not complied with the FBI request.

During the months of March and April 2018, the police were investigating a series of robberies of small businesses in the Portland area.

A suspect has finally been captured, and this month pleaded guilty to 11 of the 14 thefts or attempted thefts.

But in the early stage of the investigation, the FBI has issued a search warrant by asking Google to provide data that would identify the people who use its services of locating a mobile device in proximity to two or more of the locations of these flights.

He asked:
the names and full addresses
phone numbers
the records of session times and duration
date on which the account was created
the duration of service
IP address used to register the account
connect to the IP addresses associated with session time
e-mail addresses
the log files
means and source of payment, including any credit or bank account number

The document, seen by Forbes suggest that the police were only interested in the users who was in at least two locations in a specific timeframe.

Despite this, the attorney Marina Medvin said to the publication, it represented a “blind to the research of a large group of people”.

Such general searches, she added, are prohibited under the Constitution of the united states.

“To have a broader search, more and more innocent people, people who have done nothing wrong – were going to have their personal data swept up and handed over to the government,” said Zachary Heiden, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.