Posted by on October 12, 2021 3:01 pm
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‘Keyword Warrants’ Violate Constitutional Rights: Experts

A relatively new type of search warrant that attempts to compel search engines to hand over information on anybody in a certain area who has entered in a set of terms is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, experts say. “Keyword warrants are a blatantly unconstitutional way to transform every Google search into a government tracking tool,” Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, told The Epoch Times in an email. Law enforcement in the so-called keyword warrants seek records relating to searches in a bid to advance an investigation. Most of the warrants, which are similar to geoforce warrants, have sought information from Google. In one of the earliest known examples, a police officer in Hennepin County in 2017 asked Google to turn over details of any user in Edina who searched four terms, all containing the name “Douglas,” between Dec. 1, 2016, and Jan. …

Originally appeared on The Epoch Times

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