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Never return to the scene of your crime
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 07, 2020 10:02PM
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The email arrived on a Tuesday afternoon in January, startling Zachary McCoy as he prepared to leave for his job at a restaurant in Gainesville, Florida.

It was from Googles legal investigations support team, writing to let him know that local police had demanded information related to his Google account. The company said it would release the data unless he went to court and tried to block it. He had just seven days.

I was hit with a really deep fear, McCoy, 30, recalled, even though he couldnt think of anything hed done wrong. He had an Android phone, which was linked to his Google account, and, like millions of other Americans, he used an assortment of Google products, including Gmail and YouTube. Now police seemingly wanted access to all of it.

I didnt know what it was about, but I knew the police wanted to get something from me, McCoy said in a recent interview. I was afraid I was going to get charged with something, I dont know what.

There was one clue.

In the notice from Google was a case number. McCoy searched for it on the Gainesville Police Departments website, and found a one-page investigation report on the burglary of an elderly womans home 10 months earlier. The crime had occurred less than a mile from the home that McCoy, who had recently earned an associate degree in computer programming, shared with two others.

Now McCoy was even more panicked and confused. He knew he had nothing to do with the break-in hed never even been to the victims house and didnt know anyone who might have. And he didnt have much time to prove it.

McCoy worried that going straight to police would lead to his arrest. So he went to his parents home in St. Augustine, where, over dinner, he told them what was happening. They agreed to dip into their savings to pay for a lawyer.

The lawyer, Caleb Kenyon, dug around and learned that the notice had been prompted by a geofence warrant, a police surveillance tool that casts a virtual dragnet over crime scenes, sweeping up Google location data drawn from users GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connections from everyone nearby.

[www.nbcnews.com]
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Re: Never return to the scene of your crime
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 07, 2020 10:23PM
Be afraid, be very, very afraid.



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Re: Never return to the scene of your crime
Posted by: pdq
Date: March 08, 2020 10:41AM
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freeradical
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It was from Googles legal investigations support team, writing to let him know that local police had demanded information related to his Google account. The company said it would release the data unless he went to court and tried to block it. He had just seven days.

Hm. An email, saying that the sheriff was headed his way, unless he took some immediate action. Click here.

I know it’s not, but I wonder if Google realizes how much that smells like a phish?
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Re: Never return to the scene of your crime
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 08, 2020 11:53AM




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