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Government Orders Google to Track Anyone Using Certain Names, Addresses, and Phone Numbers
October 7, 2021 Washington Examiner 1

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An accidentally unsealed court document showed that the US government is reportedly secretly issuing “keyboard warrants” for Google to provide user data on anyone typing in certain search terms. Fears have been raised over the possibility that innocent online users could get caught up in serious crime investigations at a greater frequency than previously thought. It is not publicly disclosed how much users’ data is sent to the government and what the extent of the warrant requests are. This technique threatens First Amendment interests and will inevitably sweep up innocent people. Police are doing this in secret. -GEG
The U.S. government is reportedly secretly issuing warrants for Google to provide user data on anyone typing in certain search terms, raising fears that innocent online users could get caught up in serious crime investigations at a greater frequency than previously thought.
In an attempt to track down criminals, federal investigators have started using new “keyword warrants” and used them to ask Google to provide them information on anyone who searched a victim’s name or their address during a particular year, an accidentally unsealed court document that Forbes found shows.
Google has to respond to thousands of warrant orders each year, but the keyword warrants are a relatively new strategy used by the government and are controversial.
“Trawling through Google’s search history database enables police to identify people merely based on what they might have been thinking about, for whatever reason, at some point in the past,” Jennifer Granick, surveillance and cybersecurity counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Forbes.
“This never-before-possible technique threatens First Amendment interests and will inevitably sweep up innocent people, especially if the keyword terms are not unique and the time frame not precise. To make matters worse, police are currently doing this in secret, which insulates the practice from public debate and regulation,” she added.
The government said that the scope of the warrants is limited to avoid implicating innocent people who happen to search for certain terms, but it’s not publicly disclosed how many users’ data are sent to the government and what the extent of the warrant requests are.
Google has defended its decision to respond to the warrants and said it protects users when doing so.
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Google's had a cozy relationship with the NSA and FBI since at least 2003, when they contracted with the NSA to provide "a customised search solution that could scan and recognise millions of documents in 24 languages" according to Google's former Director of Marketing Douglas Edwards, who wrote about it and other dealings in his book "I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59".

It's a cinch that anything you do with a Google service (including use of any website which serves up Google ads) is available for query by federal intelligence agencies.
 

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I usually use DuckDuckGo. But my phone is a Google phone and therefore android based so my protection is limited. I have no malicious intentions therefore no reason to worry about what I search for. Nevertheless, this is a very concerning breach of public trust. Say I wanted to research how to do something simply out of curiosity, or with the intent of protecting myself from someone who would do that to me or my loved ones? If typing in that search phrase puts me on a list, that's a blatant violation of privacy. Thinking or asking about something does not imply nor produce evidence of intent.

So.for those instances, let's just say i use alternative methods. And that is all.
 

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Use Qwant. It's based in Europe and adheres to strict Euro privacy laws. Duck Duck Go still logs your IP address. They've been doing a lot of radio advertising lately also which makes seems kind of greasy.
I use Ixquick but I'll try Qwant.
 

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I just get a kick out of the assumption that there is a category of “innocent” users of search terms.

That seems to imply that there is some form of guilt associated with using a search engine. We want to catch the nefarious users of search engines? Is there such a thing? Are we going to legally classify people based on their possible future behavior? Like, there are “innocent” shoppers for guns, or “innocent” readers of right leaning news reports....but there are also evil no good scoundrels to be identified somehow?

Seems to me that, even if someone uses Google to make it easier to commit a crime....that’s not a crime. There’s no law against searching things. Just like you can’t get a ticket for legally driving a car to a robbery.

Where’s the assumption of innocence, and where is the crime we are spending money investigating?

There’s FAR too much “preventative policing” going on, and it should be unconstitutional.
 

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It IS unconstitutional but leftists abhor the Constitution and violate it at will.
 

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Use Qwant. It's based in Europe and adheres to strict Euro privacy laws. Duck Duck Go still logs your IP address. They've been doing a lot of radio advertising lately also which makes seems kind of greasy.
Don't know if you've heard it in radio, but DDG is advertising, and says they are not tracking. But ads cost money, and where is their revenue stream? Why would you advertise?
 

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So I'm on yet another list then... I have looked up how to make certain things. Not from a destructive perspective, but to understand chemistry and physics. Just an average guy that likes to read about random things that get stuck in my head.
 

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Don't know if you've heard it in radio, but DDG is advertising, and says they are not tracking. But ads cost money, and where is their revenue stream? Why would you advertise?
I hear them on just about every station around here which makes me highly suspicious. They've been in the game a long time and to your points exactly. I don't trust them.
 

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According to a post on another site....

There are some interesting choices out there. Initially released in Russia as Yandex.ru is now available globally as Yandex.com. It is the biggest search engine in Russia and offers nothing less than Google.

OneSearch.com. This search engine boasts of No cookies, No user-tracking, and no search history.
 
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