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FBI can track your phone if you’re NEAR a criminal using sci-fi ‘geofence’

The FBI used a ‘geo-fencing order’ to access data about all Android users who were near a counter-attack against BLM, according to new documents.

Google was served with a subpoena as part of an investigation into an arson attempt at a Seattle police union building in 2020.

The FBI is said to have asked Google for data on Android phones in this region at the time of interest

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The FBI is said to have asked Google for data on Android phones in this region at the time of interestCredit: United States District Court

The attack took place on August 24.

This is the day after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Recently release material shows that the FBI used the controversial ‘geo-fence subpoena’ to get Google to provide them with information about all Android devices that were in the vicinity of the time of the attack.

Privacy experts have previously expressed concern about Google’s location data being used by law enforcement to find criminal suspects.

The Seattle incident isn’t the first time police in the US have discovered something called a ‘geo-fencing subpoena’ that could lead to Google handing over your data.

The Geofence command can make anyone near a crime scene a suspect.

If your phone shows you are near the crime scene at the time of interest, you can participate in a police investigation.

In the case of the Seattle incident, an FBI agent told the court: “At approximately 11 a.m. on August 24, 2020, two unidentified suspects intentionally damaged the SPOG building by using what I believe is an improvised incendiary device.

“Based on the foregoing, I believe there may be a cause for finding information currently owned by Google and related to devices reported to be in the Target Location. “

The subpoena asks Google to provide: “Location History Data, derived from information including GPS data and information about visible Wi-Fi spots and Bluetooth beacons transmitted from devices to Google, reflect devices that Google calculates are or may have been located in the geographic area bounded by the latitude and longitude coordinates, and the date and time below. ”

Google usually provides an anonymous list of Android devices present in the requested area.

If anyone is interested in the police, Google may be asked to provide more information.

According to The Verge, a Google spokesperson speak: “As with all law enforcement requests, we have a rigorous process designed to protect user privacy while supporting the important work of law enforcement. “

Google may have to hand over your data if the FBI asks for it

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Google may have to hand over your data if the FBI asks for itCredit: Getty

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Caroline Bleakley

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