It looks like nothing is safe anymore, turns out our government has been spying on us for a while now, it’s just been a hush-hush operation. Supposedly the government is only looking to get data concerning criminals, but that term could be used vaguely.
“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.
“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. This is a virtual dragnet through the public’s interests, beliefs, opinions, values and friendships, akin to mind reading powered by the Google time machine,” said Jennifer Granick, surveillance and cybersecurity counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “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.”
So there is no telling how long it has been going on. I guess it’s time to switch to Duckduckgo or some other service if you want to ensure that the government can’t get your search data. As it is this Administration has been getting a tad invasive recently. They want to have access to the names of anyone who has more than $600 in their bank accounts. That’d be most of America.