Didn’t think Big Brother could get any worse?
It has been confirmed that federal investigators are issuing warrants for Google.
To be clear, the warrants are not for Google itself.
Rather, federal investigators are demanding that Google reveal the identity of anyone searching “certain search terms.”
Now, we don’t know what these search terms are.
But if history is any precedent, we wouldn’t be surprised if they are targeting Trump supporters.
Or conservatives in general.
More details on this major power grab below:
— Andy Vermaut (@AndyVermaut) October 6, 2021
Exclusive: Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address And Telephone Number: There are fears the government is secretly ordering Google to provide information on innocent users who typed in certain search terms.… https://t.co/u6BAQlmfmG pic.twitter.com/BKSmqwuobf
— Harald Schendera (@HSchendera) October 5, 2021
The US govt is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court doc shows. There are fears such “keyword warrants” threaten to implicate innocent Web users in serious crimes & are more common https://t.co/s61QOLDvTE
— Drogon (@drogon_dracarys) October 5, 2021
Here’s the thing:
If it weren’t for the unsealed court documents, we likely wouldn’t know about this.
This appears to have been a covert operation.
What else is Google collaborating with the federal government on?
According to Forbes, it appears the focus is on people searching victims of sexual assault:
The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows. There are fears such “keyword warrants” threaten to implicate innocent Web users in serious crimes and are more common than previously thought.
In 2019, federal investigators in Wisconsin were hunting men they believed had participated in the trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor. She had gone missing that year but had emerged claiming to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted, according to a search warrant reviewed by Forbes. In an attempt to chase down the perpetrators, investigators turned to Google, asking the tech giant to provide information on anyone who had searched for the victim’s name, two spellings of her mother’s name and her address over 16 days across the year. After being asked to provide